August 1, 2013 1:27:21 am
Mumbai Police have stepped up security around Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel after several suspicious characters were seen among beggars and cancer patients waiting outside the hospital. The moves comes in the wake of a terror threat by Indian Mujahideen,shortly after the blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bihar.
According to sources,the decision was taken early in July after they viewed CCTV footage of the area around the hospital. We found the movement of several people suspicious. These characters were seen in the footage more than once. Several beggars and cancer patients wait outside the hospital on any given day. After discussing this issue,we decided to step up security around the hospital. We cannot take any chances, said assistant commissioner of police R B Poman,Bhoiwada division.
Consequently,police along with the hospitals security officers,cleared the beggars outside the hospital. Patients also were probed. Police bandobast outside the hospital was also increased,and police personnel on patrol were asked to make additional rounds. The Anti-Terror Cell of the Bhoiwada police station,under whose jurisdiction the hospital falls,also makes regular visits to the hospital and surrounding areas,police said.
Johnson Lucas,deputy chief security officer of the hospital,said,Every visitor and his or her baggage are screened stringently before he or she is allowed to enter the hospital. Beggars or others who gather outside the hospital are quickly cleared away. Police have also issued instructions to us regarding enforcement of security,which we are following. There are two hospitals and a school in vicinity,due to which there is heavy human presence in the area all day,making it a sensitive target.
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