Carrybags near Ganesha pandals banned

A high-level meeting of state chief minister, home minister, top police official, state intelligence and home department functionaries at Mantralaya reviewed the potential security threat and possible terror-strike prone places in the metropolis and other towns.

At the meeting it was pointed out that Ganesha pandals, put up for the 11-day festival, are the most “vulnerable and random terror strike prone points in the city.”

“We appeal to all Ganesha devotees to refrain from carrying bags while visiting the Ganesha Pandals,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told newspersons here, after a review meeting. The devotees will also have to undergo frisking before stepping into the pandal.

Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik carried out a reconnaissance of the Mumbai High Court to review security measures in and around the building.

Talking to media persons near the Mumbai High Court, he said state Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Rakesh Maria may go to New Delhi to “ collect information and also share intelligence gathered during the July 13 serial bomb blasts.”

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