With a text message warning of an attack on the 15th day of Ramzan surfacing, the Mumbai Police has upped security in the city. Extensive deployment has been made in sensitive pockets and vantage locations across Mumbai.
“The SMS warns Muslims of ‘Qayamat’ on the 15th day of Ramzan and directs them to remain indoors on that day. Post the SMS, security has been tightened across the city, specially in sensitive pockets,” said an officer. “A similar message was spread before the 1992 riots and therefore we are not taking the SMS lightly,” he added.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Mohammed Ali Road area that witnesses a huge rush in the evening with over 100 food stalls offering different cuisines.
The specific intelligence input follows generic alerts sent after an attack by militant organisation Islamic State (IS) in Kuwait last week. “Any public gatherings are vulnerable to terror strikes and therefore there has been a series of generic alerts sounded in the run-up to Ramzan. One of them also include a possible strike by the four alleged SIMI men who fled from the Khandwa prison in October 2013,” said a source.