With commuters being targeted for attack in the city's extensive suburban rail network, the police have a tough job at hand. Speaking to Outlook, deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal admitted, "It is difficult to keep a check on every package that is carried in trains. There are so many trains, millions of commuters and also several entrances and exits at stations—but we are doing our utmost." The police now promise to set up a new counter-terrorism outfit—Quick Response Team—and step up intelligence-gathering to prevent such incidents. The new team is expected to be 'operational' from next month.
The pressure is now on the police to crack the network that has been striking terror. Notes former police commissioner M.N. Singh, "In spite of the best intelligence, it is difficult to keep a check on such attacks in vulnerable spots but once the mastermind is nabbed, the whole thing will be defused." He points to the case of Jalis Ahmad Ansari who had orchestrated over 50 explosions after the Babri Masjid demolition. Adds Singh, "Once he was nabbed, it was over. The police already have important leads with the arrest of the Ghatkopar blast accused."