Security arrangement for Diwali well in place: Mumbai Police

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Mumbai, Nov 8 (UNI) As the Metropolis wears a festive look with shopping plazas, malls and eating joints all decked up for the Diwali festival, Police and other intelligence agencies in the city are on their toes to thwart any attempt by militant organisations to disturb the festivities.

''Though the city is on a maximum security alert since the onset of the festive season, beginning with the 10-day long Ganapati Puja, we are not taking any chances. Our men are keeping a close tab at all the places, be it railway stations or airport or crowded shopping places,'' a senior Mumbai Police official said.

All units of the police are sharing inputs with local and central intelligence agencies and there is a perfect coordination between them, the official maintained.

Over the last couple of years, Mumbai has come under terrorists' attack several times, with suburban trains on the Western Railway, being the most recent target of terrorists on July 11, 2006.

In addition, the Police and Intelligence agencies have received anonymous threats to strike at one place or the other of strategic importance in the last couple of months.

The recent bomb blasts in industrial city of Ludhiana and at the shrine of Muslim sufi saint Khwaja Moinudiin Chishti at Ajmer have made the Police force extra alert.

Meanwhile, fire brigade officials are also well-prepared to meet with any eventuality. ''We are quite busy at this time. Diwali is the time when we work with maximum staff. All our men and machines are well in place to deal with any situation,'' Mumbai Jt Chief Fire Officer G S Sawant said.

UNI

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