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Citywide security drill in Mumbai reveals laxity at some malls

Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 8:00am IST | Agency: dna

  • The operation included 200 spots —Pic for representation

The police conducted an extensive security exercise on Saturday to check the preparedness of the apparatus and institutions to respond to specific terror threats.

The operation, tagged "Mumbai Kavach", covered 200 locations across the city, particularly where there is movement of a large number of people.

This was not the first time that such an exercise was conducted and the timing was selected ahead of the festival season which is a few weeks away.

Top police officials explained that the aim was to also engage all stakeholders to understand the issues involved in dealing with the security risk the city faces from terror elements.

"We conducted Mumbai Kavach to test our preparedness. The operation was personally monitored by deputy commissioners and senior inspectors in the respective zones and police stations," said Sadanand Date, joint commissioner of police (crime). "The reports of the operation would be studied and we will accordingly take necessary measures."

The locations selected for the operation included sites that are manned and not manned, but have a high footfall.

For example, policemen in the north region visited some in their jurisdiction. An officer in civilian attire and a revolver concealed managed to enter the Oberoi Mall in Goregaon (East) by the gate meant for the staff. While the policeman was frisked, the security guard did not detect the weapon. The policeman also strolled about in the mall for several minutes but was not caught.

It was a similar case at Inorbit mall in Malad (West), Indraprasth, Moksh and Thakkar in Borivli (West). Policemen in civil clothese managed to enter the malls unchecked despite having guns.

However, some security men were alert and stopped the cops at The Mall in Goregaon (East), the Hub in Vanrai, Anex in Kasturba and Hypercity in Malad (West).

"The police is working to maintain a high level of security and we expect an equal response from the management of such public places. We have been guiding them and sharing inputs with them as far as is possible. We expect them to maintain a high level of security as a measure of responsibility," said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (north region).

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