THE MUMBAI Police on Tuesday had their hand full with bandobast duty after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away late Monday night.
The Mumbai Police, especially units in central Mumbai, were gearing up for the bandobast duty for the death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Shivaji Park on December 6, when news of Jayalalithaa passing away started trickling in on Monday night. The police then posted some of their officials in the Tamil-dominated areas of Dharavi, Matunga and Sion to ensure that there was no law and order problem there.
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Talking about the bandobast following the death of Jayalalithaa, a senior police officer said they already had a plan chalked out in case of the worst.
“Once it became apparent around 11.30 pm that things were not looking good, we had our men from the local police stations and beat marshals to go around areas like Dharavi. The feedback we had received in the past few days was that law and order problem could be expected here. However, to be on the safer side, we had our men stationed at several points,” the officer said.
An officer from Dharavi police station said there had been no problem in the area and most families were grieving by carrying out pujas and shoksabhas.
“The schools in the area had been closed for the day. By afternoon, when we realised that there was no problem, we diverted some of our men from the area,” said Zonal Deputy Police Commissioner M S Dahiya. “Prior to Monday, most households were doing havans for the illness to pass. Tuesday morning, there were shoksabhas. The bandobast at Shivaji Park started on December 3 and will continue till December 7.”