Four years ago today, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists executed the worst terror attacks in Mumbai’s history, wreaking a trail of destruction and carnage that left 166 people dead, over 300 injured and a nation traumatised.
The lone surviving terrorist, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was executed at the Yerawada prison in Pune, a few days ago, but security has been beefed up all across the city as it gets ready to remember those who lost their lives in the attack.
The main commemorative function will be held at Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty where a 26/11 memorial has been erected. The Governor and Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan will be in attendance at the special memorial service for the martyrs.
Security has also been tightened due to threats by the Pakistan Taliban who said they would attack Indian targets to avenge the ‘killing’ of Kasab. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said that the outfit would mount attacks “in India and anywhere” to avenge the hanging of Kasab.
Police said that there would be heavy security deployment in and around the city. Vital organisations, including the airports, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and others will be under tight vigil and extra security would be deployed there, police said.
“We will also check the entry and exit points of the city,” a police official said.
Security would be stepped up at public places like the railway stations and bus stops, he said. Police will also conduct “nakabandi” at all important places in Mumbai.
Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh told CNN-IBN that the city is better prepared today than it was four years ago.
“For the last one week, our policemen have been on alert and are well-briefed. All our searches, combing operations, everything is going on smoothly. Our officers are all alerted. As far as logistics, weapons and communications are concerned, everything is good,” he added.