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Mumbai on high alert: Police arrested one from Virar in ’26/11-like’ terror attack threat message case

Mumbai terror scare: In the breaking development in the case, the person who sent a message threatening to attack Mumbai like 26/11 has been taken into custody by the Mumbai Police. The Crime Branch of the police is investigating.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: In the breaking development in the case, Mumbai Police has taken into custody the person who threatened to shake the country’s financial capital Mumbai again like 26/11 (Mumbai Terror Attack). Mumbai Police officials gave this information on Saturday. The control room of the Mumbai Traffic Police had received several threatening messages from this person’s number on their helpline number. They said six people would carry out “26/11-like” attacks in Mumbai and “preparations are being made” to blow up the city.

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In this case, a person has been detained from Virar near Mumbai, which is being questioned by the Crime Branch team. City Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said in a press conference on Saturday that after receiving the message, the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and city policemen have been asked to remain alert.

The Commissioner of Police said that a ‘Suraksha Kavach’ campaign has been launched and security has been increased along the coastal areas. Police Commissioner Phansalkar said that an FIR is being registered at Worli police station. He said that the crime branch is sharing information in the case with the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad. The commissioner said that the police is also investigating the number and number of people mentioned in the threat message. He said that the code of these numbers is from India.

This development comes after a security scare on Thursday when a boat carrying AK 47, rifles, guns and ammunition was found on the Harihareshwar beach in the Raigad district of the state.

Following the boat`s recovery, Maharshtra Police has been asked to stay vigilant. According to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the boat belongs to an Australian citizen. “Boat`s engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police and the administration have been instructed to be prepared,” he said.

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On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by sea route and opened fire, killing hundreds of people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others in Mumbai. Nine terrorists were later killed by the security forces, including the NSG, the country`s elite commando force. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.

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