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India strengthen coastal security to prevent intrusion

September 16, 2014 5:09 AM
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Following inputs that some suspicious persons, having terror links, might intrude into India from Sri Lanka via sea route, Ramanathapuram District administration and police have strengthened coastal security by constituting ‘Coastal Security Ramnad,’ to facilitate coordinated action by pooling intelligence.

The committee was formed recently with nodal officers from various security agencies such as Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Navy, Coastal Security Group, Q Branch police, Special Branch police, district police and departments such as Fisheries and Forest as members for sharing intelligence on happenings in the sea to ensure coordinated action.

“The committee is active and working well, sharing information on whatever happened in the sea,” Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan told reporters on Monday.

As part of strengthening coastal security, the district police had planted “sources” in all the 184 hamlets along the 276-km-long coastline in the district, he said. The Special Branch police and Panchayat liaison officers (PLOs) in each police station were in touch with the “sources” to intercept suspicious persons or anyone who landed on the coast at odd hours, he said.

Besides, a surveillance team of district and marine police had been set up to keep round-the-clock surveillance from a watchtower at Mukuntharayar Chathiram in Dhanushkodi. The unused tower, which was built by the Tourism Department, had been renovated and would be handed over to the police in a couple of days, he said.

The team would be given night vision binoculars and a police guard post was being set up at Dhanushkodi to scale up security. Armed Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel would be posted at the post, he said.


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