Foreigners, cops are on your heels in Mumbai

Sunday, 15 December 2013 - 11:44am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Anyone found having a link with Pak, however remote, will be under scanner.

Keeping in mind the volatile situation during party season, particularly the threat of terrorist attacks, the Mumbai police will be keeping a close watch on foreign nationals in the city. Having learned their lessons from the 26/11 attacks in 2008, the police have upped their vigilance.

Any nationals found having a connection with Pakistan, however remote, will be under closer scrutiny, said senior officials. “Any foreigner who has an alliance with Pakistan, including by way of their grandparents or great grandparents, or has ever visited the country will be under the scanner,” said a senior officer.

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said, “We will keep a close watch on all the foreigners. Anyone seen taking photographs of vital installations or trying to enter important places will be intercepted and checked.” Senior officials clarified that their intention is not to bother foreigners or leave a bad impression, but that steps were being taken just to ensure that the city remains safe.

Police stations in south Mumbai and western regions like Bandra and Andheri, which have the most concentration of foreigners, would also be discreetly checking lodges and hotels. Hotel employees have also been told to keep a tab on their activities.

David Headley, a US national of Pakistani origin, was the sole person responsible for recceing the city and was one of the biggest conspirators in the 26/11 attacks. Headley’s inputs played a crucial role in preparing the blueprints that helped the 10 Pakistani terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab, weave terror in the city. The incident left 164 people dead and more than 300 wounded.

The man who caused terror and tragedy in the city
David Headley, a US national of Pakistani origin, was the sole person responsible for recceing the city and was one of the biggest conspirators in the 26/11 attacks

Headley’s inputs played a crucial role in preparing the blueprints that helped the 10 Pakistani terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab, weave terror in the city

The incident left 164 people dead and more than 300 wounded.


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