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NAVI MUMBAI’S MANY ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS MAKES THE CITY A VULNERABLE TERROR HUB

routs-1What makes Navi Mumbai more vulnerable are the exit points from the city to Goa and Gujarat. Archana Tripathi travalled to these exit points and found out that except for the toll nakas, most exit points are unmanned, even on day three of the Mumbai terror attacks. APRIL 2002 5 TERRORISTS FROM URAN JUNE 2003 TERRORISTS LINKS DETECTED AT SEAWOODS ESTATE NRI COMPLEX JULY 2006 MUMBAI TRAIN BLASTS PLANNED AT GHANSOLI JUNE 2007 UNACCOUNTED WEALTH INVESTED IN REAL ESTATE FEBRUARY 2008 CRIME BRANCH CONFIRMS TERRORIST FUNDS IN REAL ESTATE MAY 2008 VASHI AND THANE THEATRE BOMB LINKS TRACED TO PANVEL JULY 2008 AHMEDABAD BLASTS LINKS TRACED TO NAVI MUMBAI AUGUST 2008 TERROR EMAIL IN AHMEDABAD BLAST CASE TRACED TO SANPADA, NAVI MUMBAI WHY IS NAVI MUMBAI A VULNERABLE TERROR HUB? There are many reasons why Navi Mumbai is often chosen for executing terror plans. And the prime reason that makes it a fertile breeding ground for terror activities is the location of Navi Mumbai. Besides a porous coastline, as a city Navi Mumbai has many exit points giving easy escape within minutes to Mumbai, Thane, Pune. We bring to you these exit points. Navi Mumbai can be entered from the Vashi Toll Naka. Anyone coming from Mumbai enters Navi Mumbai through the Vashi toll naka that might have a perfect collection system to collect toll from every vehicle but definitely not appropriate security measures in place. Ditto is the case of the toll naka that falls after the Mulund Expressway at Airoli. From where one can exit to Thane. Prior to the Airoli – Mulund Bridge there is a check post but it’s only after the Mumbai terror attack that one can see police checking vehicles at the check post. This is the second entry-exit point. On the third end, anyone who enters Navi Mumbai can take the main city highways and roads to get connected to the Mumbai Pune Expressway that will take one out of the city towards Pune. The fourth exit point is that old Mumbai Pune Highway and the fifth the National Highway 4 that connect one to either of Goa, Pune or Gujarat. When our team was traveling to capture these exit points, what did not go unnoticed was that despite the Mumbai terror attacks and possible threat of some terrorist being on the loose, there was absolutely no security measures that were seen on these crucial exit points. In fact the police chowki at the NH4 too bore a rather deserted look compelling one to believe that even after the Mumbai terror attacks, the state wasn’t showing enough seriousness to put basic security measures into place. With Archana Tripathi, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.

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