Drills at mall, theatre ahead of R-Day

Po­lice check se­cu­rity sys­tems to en­sure that peo­ple with firearms can­not en­ter the pub­lic places

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The po­lice are al­ready on their toes to en­sure a safe Re­pub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions.

To en­sure a peace­ful cel­e­bra­tion of up­com­ing Re­pub­lic Day, the Navi Mum­bai the po­lice are con­duct­ing drills at the shop­ping malls, the­atres and other pub­lic places of the city. The se­cu­rity has also been beefed up at all nodes in the past two days.

Two such drills were con­ducted at Kopar Khairane on Fri­day.

“We chose one shop­ping out­let and one theatre to check how much time our of­fi­cials take to reach a spot in case of emer­gency. We also checked the se­cu­rity sys­tems of th­ese places to en­sure that peo­ple with fire arms and ex­plo­sives can­not en­ter their premises,” said Satish Gaik­wad, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

“Given the ter­ror threats re­ceived by the po­lice from other cities, we are tak­ing all pos­si­ble steps to pre­vent un­to­ward sit­u­a­tions dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions.

More such drills will be con­ducted at other places in the next two to three days,” he added.

The po­lice have also de­cided

to con­duct naka­ban­dis and check­ing at en­try and exit points in the city.

“Our of­fi­cers are pa­trolling the city round the clock to keep

all sen­si­tive ar­eas un­der sur­veil­lance. As­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice (ACP) and the se­nior po­lice in­spec­tors are su­per­vis­ing them,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

“Comb­ing op­er­a­tions and high se­cu­rity at pub­lic places have also been main­tained. We also de­cided to pro­vide ex­tra se­cu­rity to the ar­eas wherein pub­lic pro­grammes will be con­ducted,” he said

The po­lice are also check­ing lodges and ho­tels in the city to con­firm that no sus­pi­cious peo­ple are stay­ing there.

“The Konkan area that in­cludes Vashi and NRI jet­ties will also have at least one po­lice per­son­nel pa­trolling the area. The Riot Con­trol Po­lice (RCP) pla­toons are also at our dis­posal for main­tain­ing law and or­der,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer from DCP head­quar­ters.

“All the per­mit room own­ers have been asked not to serve al­co­hol as it is a dry day on Re­pub­lic Day. Stern ac­tion will be taken against any­one found flout­ing the di­rec­tives,” he said.


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