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Dec 24, 2010 at 09:40pm IST

Centre puts Mumbai NSG on high alert

Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Thursday put the city on high alert after releasing the sketch of a suspected terrorists, who is among the four LeT men who according to the Mumbai police have entered the city to cause widespread destruction this festive season. The Mumbai police say these men may target crowded areas.

Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner said, "The Mumbai police is taking utmost precautions including massive deployment and presence at all sensitive places."

Armed with specific inputs from the IB over attacks during New Year celebrations, the police has fortified the city's major spots.

At the Gateway of India, a major tourist attraction and hotspot for New Year celebrations, there is massive security. All people going towards the jetty are being checked and their bags and other details are being checked. We have been told that on Christmas and New Year Day policemen in plain clothes will be deployed not only to check terrorist activities but also petty criminals and eve teasers.

Some roads leading to the Gateway and Colaba causeway have been cordoned off for vehicular traffic. Intense checking at all jetties of the city is on.

Bomb squads are to keep an eye on parking lots. Police forces have been deployed at churches and other places of worship. Surveillance has been increased at railway and bus station. Frequent checks are being conducted at hotels

The Centre has also asked the Mumbai NSG to be on high alert. Just like it did during Ganesh Chaturthi and Eid, the Mumbai Police has sought the help of residents to nab terrorists. A new helpline number - 22633333 - is in place for residents to report suspicious activity.