10 Sep : Two suspected foreign terrorists have sneaked into the metropolis to cause disruption at crowded places and religious congregations, Mumbai police warned on Friday, setting off alarm bells on the eve of Eid and Ganeshotsav festivities.
A high alert has been sounded across the city and suburbs with the police issuing an advisory to the citizens to remain vigilant and watch out for the militants whose nationality it did not disclose.
“We have received information from Central Intelligence agencies about two suspected terrorists sneaking into Maharashtra,” Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told reporters.
Photographs of the two – a clean-shaven Kalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and bearded Hafij Khijir Ulla Sarif (25) sporting a skull cap, were released by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy at a hurriedly called press conference.
“We would like to issue an advisory…We have Intelligence inputs that two foreign nationals have entered the city with intention to cause disruption at crowded and religious places,” Roy said.
“We appeal to the citizens to remain alert and inform the police if they spot the two,” he said, adding the duo had entered the city only recently.
The police have set up dedicated phone numbers — 22633333 and 22625020 — to enable the people to pass on information about the militants and in case of emergency.
Roy declined to share with the media any information about the terror group the duo belong to citing “operational reasons” and said several teams have been formed to track them down.
When asked if “disruption” could mean a terror strike, Roy said, “We do not want to share anything more than this. We are taking all precautions to ensure incident-free festival.”
Replying to a question about the local support these foreign militants might have, he said, “We cannot share this information with you at the moment. Having more eyes and ears than personnel of Mumbai police together have will be more useful and so we have asked the people to be alert and vigilant.”
Following the inputs, a massive security cover has been thrown in and around Lalbaug, particularly at Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh idol, where over 1,500 policemen have been deployed round-the-clock.
Besides these, personnel drawn from CRPF, State Reserve Police Force and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad have been stationed at the pandal.