City coast­line un­der­goes a safety check

SA­GAR KAVACH Navy of­fi­cers pos­ing as mil­i­tants en­ter city with dummy ex­plo­sives, thwarted by the po­lice

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

To as­sess the coastal se­cu­rity mech­a­nism in Navi Mum­bai through an ex­er­cise, ‘mil­i­tants’ with dummy ex­plo­sives en­tered the city through sea routes to stage at­tack in the city on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. How­ever, the alert po­lice­men ap­pre­hended them be­fore ‘it was too late.’

The ex­er­cise- Sa­gar Kavach­was jointly con­ducted by the coast guards, In­dian Navy, Ma­ha­rash­tra Mar­itime Board (MMB), Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mum­bai Port Trust (MPT) as well as the Navi Mum­bai po­lice to check the vig­i­lance in the coastal ar­eas of the city.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, of­fi­cials from the Coast guard and the Navy in civil dresses en­tered the city with dummy RDX on their boat.

The po­lice of­fi­cials ac­costed them on time and thus thwarted their ef­forts to en­ter the JNPT.

Like­wise on Thurs­day, the po­lice re­ceived a tip-off that some peo­ple were plan­ning to stage an at­tack at Mora, JNPT and on Ele­phanta Is­land.

The on-duty of­fi­cials in­stantly started their op­er­a­tion, ze­roed in on the pos­si­ble ‘cul­prits’ within a few hours. They also re­cov­ered three boxes of ex­plo­sives from their pos­ses­sion which was found to be fake at a later stage.

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner, Prab­hat Ran­jan along with the city spe­cial branch mon­i­tored the en­tire ex­er­cise.

“Even though it was a prop­erly planned ex­er­cise to check the vig­i­lance in the coastal ar­eas, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers were also not aware of it. How­ever, our alert of­fi­cials

took the right steps and at the right mo­ments to thwart the at­tacks,” said Sursh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch).

Apart from the of­fi­cials from dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions and the spe­cial branch, po­lice mi­tras and mem­bers of sa­gar rak­shak dals also par­tic­i­pated it.

“All of them did a re­ally good job. More such ex­er­cises will be con­ducted in fu­ture,” Men­gade added.

“Cit­i­zens are re­quested to be vig­i­lant and to check for sus­pi­cious move­ment of peo­ple not only in the coastal ar­eas, but in others places too. In case, any sus­pi­cious move­ment or ac­tiv­i­ties are de­tected, then it should be re­ported to the con­trol room,” another po­lice of­fi­cer said.

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