Ahead of Independence Day,Mumbai Police Wednesday conducted drills at 10 locations across the city,including Mantralaya. The exercise was part of the polices ongoing Operation Mumbai Kavach.
The operation was launched Tuesday as a citywide exercise,which included nakabandis,combing operations and stepping up security at 741 vital installations.
Apart from Mantralaya,police also conducted drills in Nagpada,Crawford Market,L T Marg,Pant Nagar,Saki Naka,Bangur Nagar,Amboli,Matunga and Dadar. The drills revolved around a scenario in which suspicious bags were abandoned at crowded places. Calls were placed to the police control room,informing the police about unclaimed bags in the area,following which the information was relayed to the police stations concerned. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and and the regional Quick Response Teams were rushed to the spots. The drills covered some schools and malls.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said,Operation Mumbai Kavach will continue at least till the end of Thursday. All necessary precautions have been taken to ensure maximum security.
The railway police conducted a similar drill at Sewree station Wednesday evening.
Mantralaya has also been declared a no-flying zone,and relevant instructions have been conveyed to the DGCA. Para-gliders,micro-copters and remote operated flying devices are prohibited from flying over the Mantralaya on Thursday. There have been instances of aerial terrorist strike in other countries and we have taken this decision as a preemptive measure, said Singh.