High alert in Mumbai; cops hunt for terror suspects

Written by Political Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 11 2010, 07:44am hrs
On the eve of Eid and the 10-day long Ganesh festival starting Saturday, the Mumbai Police released pictures of two men who they suspect have entered the city to spread terror.

Two foreign nationals have entered the city in the recent past with sinister plans. We suspect that both have plans to spread terror in the city, said joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy.

The two menKalimuddin Khan alias Rameshwar Pandit (28) and Hafiz Khijir Ulla Sarif (25)have sneaked in to cause disruptions at religious congregations and crowded places, Roy said.

The city is in the midst of two major festivals, Eid and Ganesh Chaturthi. The plans could possibly be to target the city in and around this time. We have strong intelligence inputs to believe this, he said.

According to intelligence reports received by the police and state Home department, one of the suspects could be from Bangladesh and the other from Pakistan, Roy said.

In an advisory to citizens, police urged them to inform helplines if they spot the duo. We have designated a helpline, just in case anyone spots the duo. Several teams have been formed to intercept and arrest the suspected terrorists, Roy said. Should they be spotted, then please inform the nearest police station or 100 or on special designated helpline numbers 022-22633333/ 22625020.