The Mumbai Police had taken special efforts to ensure the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally on Sunday goes without a hitch.
A total of 25 policemen, trained by Israel’s security forces to tackle suicide bombers, were deployed at MMRDA grounds at BKC. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) too was used to give the rally more security.
Two persons were found moving suspiciously in the crowd, but interrogations revealed they were pickpockets. “The two pickpockets were taken to BKC police station. There was citywide parallel deployment at vital installations and important places, malls and multiplexes as part of Mumbai Kavach,” said Madhukar Pandey, additional commissioner of police, protection and security.
Sources said 25 policemen from the Quick Response Team, Special Protection Unit and Anti-Terror Cells were posted at all access gates and important spots at MMRDA grounds. “These men had taken special training from Israeli security forces in spotting and combating fidayeens or suicide bombers. It’s for the first time these men were pressed into service,” said an officer, who was part of security.
The police had gone an extra mile for a fool-proof security by installing mobile phone jammers near the stage where the VIPs were present.
“The mobile phone jammer jammed calls within 200m from the stage. We have seen in the past that terrorist elements have made use of mobile phones to trigger improvised explosive devices to carry out blasts. The basic idea was that even if someone were to sneak in with IED, the jammer would prevent mobile phones from being active, thereby making the detonator ineffective and the bomb wouldn’t go off,” the officer said.