Cops rope in lo­cals for coastal se­cu­rity, bond over dance and mu­sic

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Navi Mum­bai po­lice ac­knowl­edged the ef­forts of those who helped keep the city safe, with a cul­tural aware­ness pro­gramme on coastal se­cu­rity on Fri­day.

The spe­cial branch of Navi Mum­bai po­lice paid back to the Sa­gar Rak­shak Dal, Gram Rak­shak Dal, po­lice mitr and fish­er­folk of the city for their help to the po­lice.

The pro­gramme, held at Vish­nudas Bhave Au­di­to­rium, Vashi, also had lec­tures and in­for­ma­tion by the po­lice on coastal se­cu­rity, apart from the cul­tural pro­grammes.

“Fol­low­ing the 26/ 11 terror at­tack, there is a need to be alert at all times. The po­lice, how­ever, can­not be present every­where. Hence the need for lo­cal sup­port be­comes sig­nif­i­cant,” said po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan.

“Through pro­grammes like th­ese, there is bet­ter in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the po­lice and the lo­cals. They also help boost the con­fi­dence of lo­cals. This is es­sen­tial for coastal se­cu­rity,” said Ran­jan.

“There is a need for res­i­dents of the coastal ar­eas to be alert at all times. They are the first ones to no­tice any­thing dif­fer­ent or sus­pi­cious in the area as they know the seas like the back of their hand,” he said.

He said con­tact num­bers were pro­vided to th­ese res­i­dents, so they can con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately if there is any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

“We are pre­pared now. Though no one can guar­an­tee a 100% preven­tion of an at­tack, if it does take place, the dam­age will not be as se­ri­ous as the last time. We have sys­tems in place to counter any such at­tack,” said Ran­jan.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch) Suresh Mengde too at­tended the func­tion and en­cour­aged the lo­cal res­i­dents to help keep the coast safe.

“Coastal se­cu­rity is the key to de­fend­ing a city like ours which has a large coastal area,” he said.

He said, “Fol­low­ing the 26/11 at­tack, an in­for­mal layer of sur­veil­lance has been added. Fish­er­men and vil­lagers are or­gan­ised into groups such as Sa­gar Su­rak­sha Dal and Gram Rak­shak Dal and trained to keep a vigil at sea and the coasts.”

“The po­lice mitr (friends) and the fish­ing com­mu­nity are our eyes and ears. The pro­gramme gave them a lot of en­cour­age­ment and as­sured them of our sup­port,” said Mengde.

Artistes per­form a tra­di­tional dance at the func­tion.

(Clock­wise) Artistes per­form Koli Geet, a folk art form of fish­er­men, at Vish­nudas Bhave Au­di­to­rium in Vashi’s Sec­tor 16 on Fri­day.

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Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan dis­trib­utes T-shirts to lo­cals and fish­er­men.

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