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Tripple blast shocks Mumbai: Time to double security measures in congested areas
Just when it seemed that Maximum City had recovered from the horrific Mumbai attack on 26/11, 2008, it has been attacked again. It's time we double security measures in cogested areas to deter such attacks in the future.

THE SILENCE since the deadly Mumbai attack on 26/11 was broken on Wednesday after multiple blasts ripped through three major densely populated areas of the city - Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House, and Dadar. At least 21 people have been reported to be dead, and more than 120 people are injured many in critical condition. The government has said that the attack was carried out by terrorists - most probably LeT or Indian Mujahideen.

There's no doubt that people of Mumbai will not give up, and will gather themsleves up and move on - the way they have done countless times in the past. But it will be a disservice to the people already miamed, and those who live, but in fear, if we don't take strong counter-attacking steps.

It's a known strategy of terror outfits operating out of India and Pakistan to detonate bombs either early in the morning or in the evening - in places where there's bound to be a rush of people - such as bus stops and railway stations. This ensure maximum impact and 'results' for the terrorists. Many of the past blasts that have taken place in India have followed this formula.

If this is a recognized pattern, we should double even triple security 'bandobast' by deputing more policemen and sniffer dogs in congested areas of Indian cities. Heavy expenditure must be undertaken to install CCT cameras in these locations, and a special vigilance team must be formed to operate during rush hour.

The idea is to increase the probability of a terrorist trying to plant a bomb getting caught or worst come worst him being caught on a camera, greatly enhacing the ability of security forces to launch a man-hunt. We have to give out a strong message to terror groups - that we know what you have in mind, but we will make it much tougher for you to operate. We owe this to the brave people of Mumbai.

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