Following multiple blasts at the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar on Sunday,security has been beefed up across Mumbai,with special focus and security sweeps on sites of Buddhist significance. The police are additionally vigilant as the Bihar blasts are suspected to have been in response to the recent communal violence in Myanmar,and the same incident was used to incite riots at the Azad Maidan last August.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Ambadas Pote,who is currently the police spokesperson,said several precautionary measures are being taken across the city. We have not brought in any additional forces but full precautions are being taken by the entire strength of the Mumbai Police. All significant spots are being watched.
Pote confirmed that the Myanmar connection had also been taken into consideration and in light of the August 11 Azad Maidan riots,all police personnel were extra alert.
Meanwhile,DCP (Zone 5) Dhananjay Kulkarni said,Chaityabhoomi in Dadar has already been swept for explosives and other suspicious objects by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS). We now have a squad of two officers and 25 constables at Chaityabhoomi who are frisking everyone before letting them inside.
The Buddhist Pagoda in Gorai was also swept by the BDDS on Sunday morning. We have two officers and six constables,along with a police vehicle,in addition to the security deployed by the Pagoda trustees, said Senior Inspector Deepak Bagwe,Gorai police station.
In August last year,morphed images of victims purportedly of communal violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar were circulated on the internet. This led to a massive rally at Azad Maidan on August 11,which turned violent and led to riots. Several policemen were assaulted and many women constables were molested. The Amar Jawan Jyoti outside the Azad Maidan was also desecrated by the rioters.