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Security beefed up for V-Day

Posted on Feb 13, 09:56AM | UNI

Mumbai, Feb 12 : The Mumbai police has sounded a high alert after the control room received calls, claiming that six terrorists have sneaked into the city and may carry out a major attack at Juhu Chowpatty or Bandra Bandstand on February 14, Valentine's Day.

Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh on Sunday night contacted all senior police inspectors in the western suburbs and asked them to carry out searches in hotels and lodges and stage nakabandis.

Security agencies are not taking chances following Saturday's hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. 'The Pakistani terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has given an open threat after the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amer Kasab and now there is the Afzal Guru case,' said a senior police official.

'The Centre has sounded an alert across the country and it will continue for some time. We are also expecting opposition from Shiv Saniks to Valentine's Day. Hence, there will be heavy police bandobast,' said an IPS officer. The Crime Branch is trying to trace the caller, who phoned the police control room and alerted them on Sunday afternoon. Sources said the man, who called up a few times, identified himself as Raju from Mahu in Uttar Pradesh and said he overheard two men saying that six terrorists were likely to carry out an attack in Mumbai on Valentine's Day.

A high alert is on at the Mumbai airport, public and tourist places and major railway stations. Extra barricades and Central Industrial Security Force jawans have been posted outside the airport and the police have begun conducting nakabandis.

Joint Commissioner of police (law and order) Sadanand Date said, "We have enhanced police bandobast in the run-up to Valentine's Day."