mumbai-snippets-2MAKING MAPS COMES FIRST FOR FORCE ONE The 10 terrorists who attacked the city on 26/11 had detailed maps of the buildings they took over. But the Mumbai police and the National Security Guard commandos were clueless about their layouts. So, the first assignment for the 216 Force One commandos will be to collect data to construct maps of all important buildings and locations in the city. They will start reconnaissance in the first week of December. The commandos will prepare informatory data, such as blueprints and maps, of such places. The list will include buildings like Taj Hotel, Trident, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, temples and renowned educational institutions. The police will be the first to respond to any terror-like situation. The quick response teams will be next. If they fail, Force One will be called in. MAHARASHTRA FORMS THINK-TANK TO TACKLE CRIME The state government has set up a cyber monitoring cell in the intelligence unit on the lines of the Scotland Yard’s cyber cell. The cell will keep track of every offence registered in the state and analyze the information it gets from various agencies. A cabinet committee, headed by deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, formed to find ways of modernising and strengthening the security forces approved the formation of the cyber cell. The cell will have 345 officers. The committee has appointed an agency to set up a control room from where officers can keep tabs on the CCTVs installed at various places in the city. LIBERHAN REPORT MAY BE A BLESSING FOR THE SHIV SENA The naming of Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray in the report of the M S Liberhan committee on the demolition of the Babri Masjid may be a blessing in disguise for the beleaguered party. Political observers believe that the Sena may once again follow the Hindutva line aggressively. The Shiv Sena seems to have lost direction after its worst defeat in the assembly elections. Looking at past incidents, the Sena has benefited whenever Balasaheb was caught in some legal tangle. An internal assessment by the Sena following the poll result found that the party could not impress the people though it addressed developmental issues as it failed to emphasize on the Hindutva ideology. PARSIS SEEK SEAT IN STATE ASSEMBLY The Parsis have decided to ensure that, like other communities, they too have a representative in the Maharashtra assembly. Members of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet and BJP legislator Mangal Prabhat Lodha made a representation to governor S C Jamir asking that a Parsi be nominated as a member of the assembly.

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