Days after Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was executed at the Yerawada prison in Pune, the security has been beefed up all across the city on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks fearing possible terror strikes.
The police said there would be heavy security deployment in and around the city. Vital installations, including the airports and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), will be under tight vigil and extra security would be deployed there, the police said. “We will also check the entry and exit points of the city,” an official said, adding that security would be stepped up at public places like railway stations and bus stops. The police will also conduct “nakabandi”at all important places in the city.
The security has also been tightened after the Pakistan Taliban said they would attack Indian targets to avenge the ‘killing’ of Kasab, sources said. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said that the outfit would mount attacks “in India and anywhere” to avenge the hanging of Kasab.
Sounding confident about the security measures, city police commissioner Satyapal Singh said the police force is fully prepared to deal with another 26/11-like attack. Addressing a press conference on Sunday, the police commissioner said, “Not just today but we are on an alert each and every day to keep the city safe. Since the last few days all our officers have been alerted. We will have nakabandis and combing operations in place for the day.”
“We have realised that the threat is real and are well aware of it’s source and the organisation as well as the concerned place. We know it all and are prepared for it,” said Singh.
“The allegations of a weak intelligence are not real. We have come down heavily on second hand car dealers and the SIM card menace. All divisional ACP’s have a first response team, additional commissioners have quick response team, then there’s Force One, ATS all specialised in countering terror attacks,” he added. Sigh also credited regular mock drills to prevent an untoward incident.