Mumbai put on high alert

“After the Delhi incident, even Mumbai has been put on high alert. All policemen have been asked to remain alert and increase searches,” Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Dayal said.
The city has already been on high alert since the start of Ganesh festival after intelligence reports suggested that two terrorists sneaking-in from across the border have been present in the city.

Meanwhile, five new speedboats were added to the fleet of the city police for sea patrolling. These five boats are a part of the 29 speedboats purchased by the Maharashtra government for Rs 150 crore after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

"Post 26/11 terror attack which was via the sea route, the need for a secured coastal line has increased. The central government has already provided us with 28 boats. Now, an additional 29 boats have been procured by the state government," home minister R R Patil told reporters.

The boats, manufactured by Marine Frontiers company, can travel upto 48 nautical miles per hour. Besides being bullet-proof, each of the boat is equipped with a radar to spot other boats in the vicinity and to measure the depth of the sea, a global positioning system and a marine communication device to talk with other boats. “While five boats have been delivered today, the next five are expected in November and the remaining 19 boats are likely to be handed over to the police by January 2011,” the state Director General of Police D Sivanandan said.

The state government is likely to sanction Rs 150 crore in two more phases with a view to have more speedboats to guard the coastline. “Policemen will be trained by the coastguard for sea firing and navigation. The city police would soon have a marine wing,”  the DGP added.
DH News Service

US issues advisory
New Delhi, agencies: The United States on Sunday issued a security advisory for its citizens in India asking them to "maintain a heightened situational awareness" following a shooting near the historic Jama Masjid in which two Taiwanese tourists were injured. "US citizens are urged to always practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. US citizens are advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites," said the advisory posted on the US embassy website.

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