Security intensified in Mumbai after Delhi serial blasts

September 13th, 2008 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 13 (IANS) Security has been beefed up in Mumbai - which was already on high alert in view of the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Sunday’s Ganesh immersion - following Saturday’s serial blasts in Delhi that claimed at least 18 lives, police said.A red alert was issued in Maharashtra following the explosions in the capital, which also left nearly 100 injured.

Although there has been no official reaction here to the blasts yet, police in the city and across Maharashtra are taking special measures to ensure that the Ganesh immersion passes off peacefully, the official said.

Small private vehicles will not be permitted to travel up to the designated immersion sites at various beaches, rivers, lakes and artificial ponds for immersion. Nobody will be allowed to carry big or small plastic bags containing garlands and other material that is immersed along with the idols of Lord Ganesh.

Trucks carrying large community idols, some measuring up to six metres, will be allowed only after thorough checking.

CCTV cameras have been installed at several immersion sites all over the city of 16 million to monitor the developments.

According to police estimates, nearly seven million people will be out of their homes here to witness the immersion ceremonies at the conclusion of the 12-day long Ganeshotsav celebration.

Similar security measures are also being implemented in other parts of state, including in Pune and the coastal Konkan region, where Ganeshotsav is celebrated in a big way.

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