Presley Thomas & Bhavika Jain, Hindustan Times
Jan 17, 2009
Bombay first, a private-public plan to combat terrorism, has been initiated to propose a security system on lines that the US incorporated after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers and the UK after the 7/7 London bombings.
This is an initiative that has been triggered because of the public outcry Mumbai has seen after the recent terror attacks.
A team of security experts from the US, UK and India, who participated in the deliberation at Hotel Trident on Monday, suggested methods but stressed on the need to incorporate civil society to formulate an effective security system.
David M Olive, a top homeland security expert from Washington, said: “Each citizen should stand up and say I am responsible.” Quoting an example of suspicious baggage, he added: “When you see something, you say something [report to the police]. And this stand needs to be propagated outside. Else, there is no solution to the security concerns and the possibility of another attack cannot be ruled out.”
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