A week after 1993 serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged to death in Nagpur and buried in Mumbai, the police continue to keep a close watch on the city, imposing strict bandobast. Police personnel are also coordinating with religious and community leaders on a daily basis to ensure peace in the city.
Police sources said the second jumma namaaz or Friday prayers after Memon’s execution were conducted under the strict vigil of the Mumbai police. “The area near Memon’s house, Al Hussaini building in Mahim, the area around the Bada Qabrastan in Marine Lines and certain other sensitive areas in Mumbai continue to be under strict bandobast, which was imposed a day before the death sentence was implemented. Other areas too were watched closely on Friday,” said a police officer.
The 12 companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), called in at the beginning of July this year as a back up measure, are being retained and SRPF personnel have been posted at various strategic locations of the city. Police officers have maintained that there was no fresh input from the central intelligence agencies regarding any possible revenge attack.
The police also denied intercepting any phone call from Mushtaq alias Tiger Memon to the Memon residence in Mahim on the day of the execution, during which Tiger is reported to have promised to avenge his brother’s death. An English daily on Friday had reported about it.
But Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni, in a statement released on Friday morning, said the police have intercepted no such conversation and that there is no such transcript.
“We are taking precautions with all possibilities in mind. We are constantly adopting new methods and strategies,” said Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order).
The senior police leadership had, before the execution, held a meeting with religious and social leaders to ensure peace during and after the execution. “It is a continual process, not an one-off event,” said Bharti.
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