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Dec 26, 2008 at 12:28pm IST

Siddhivinayak temple asks for more security

Mumbai: In the aftermath of 26/11, major Mumbai landmarks are keen on stepping up security. The famous Siddhivinayak temple has requested the Maharashtra government to provide it with 30 commandos for the temple's security.

"We have written to the Home Minister and the Mumbai police and have asked for more commandos per shift,” says Chairman, Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Subhash Mayekar.

The temple that sees around 25000 visitors every day already has various security measures in place. More than 100 police personnel and 5 commandos guard the temple premises. The temple trust has also employed 50 private guards.

CCTV cameras have been put up at important locations and the devotees are frisked and made to pass through metal detectors. Vehicles are not allowed to be parked near the temple and the temple even has a bullet proof wall

The fear of crowded places is high after 26/11. And devotees feel that the extra commandos will help them pray peacefully.