Security at synagogues tightened for Jewish festivals this month

| September 29, 2013

With Jews in the city expected to attend synagogues in large numbers on September 26 and 27 to mark Simchat Torah (change of cycle of public readings of their holy book Torah), the city police has tightened the security infrastructure around synagogues. Mumbai Police has improved on the security measures in all Jewish centres after the Chabad House was targeted during the Mumbai 26/11 attack.

According to officials, the Mumbai Police had received an alert on a possible attack on synagogues two months ago. "Since then, we have stationed two constables outside every synagogue. Senior inspectors and deputy commissioners of police have visited each location and beefed up security," said Krishna Prakash, Additional Commissioner of Police, south region.

Since the last two months, each synagogue has also been asked to maintain a register where every police team that patrols and surveys the synagogue registers its comments and records their visit. The zonal commissoners are monitoring the entries in the register to ensure accountability of the patrolling team.

Praskash added that an advisory had also been issued to synagogues to control access. "We asked them to place door frame metal detectors and ensure that each person entering is frisked," he said.

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