The Maharashtra home department has said a firm no to US President Barack Obama’s proposed visit to the erstwhile Chabad House — one of the places targeted during the 26/11 attacks.
A senior home department official said, “The US President wanted to visit sites in Mumbai that were attacked by terrorists. But we feel that it would be a great security risk if he goes to Nariman House, which is in a crowded area. We have conveyed this clearly to the US authorities. At the same time, he will visit Hotel Trident and, possibly, CST station, which too were the gumnen’s targets.”
Senior police officials said that even the Israeli government felt the location was too much of risk. “The Jewish religious centre has now shifted to a building opposite Mantralaya,” a senior official said.
Meanwhile, the US consulate spokesperson did not wish to comment. She said that the president’s schedule was yet to be finalized.
Policemen will be deployed along the slums dotting the flight path from Ghatkopar to the airport to ensure that there is no bursting of crackers. Obama will arrive in the city on November 6 and stay at the Taj Hotel.