Gujarat has been put on high alert following a note by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on the possible infiltration from the Kutch area by eight to ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists through land or sea border with Pakistan, reported Hindustan Times.
Reports suggest that the advisory note came on Saturday following an intelligence input from Pakistan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasir Khan Janjua.
NSG teams have been sent to Gujarat from Delhi as part of the contingency plan.
The director general of police PC Thakur held an emergency meeting with all the district police chiefs and cancelled leaves of all the police personnel.
Security has been stepped at all vital locations across the state, including airports and railway stations. “We are on high alert and prepared to deal any situation. We have started combing operations across various locations. We have also sensitised places that see high rate of footfall,” said Thakur.
High-level meetings, headed by Home Secretary P K Taneja, were held in Gandhinagar early this morning and late last night.
According to The Times of India report, intelligence agencies believe this infiltration is aimed at creating disturbances around Shivaratri, which is on Monday.
Another report in the The Times of India quotes Surat city police commissioner Ashish Bhatia as saying, “There are IB inputs about some suspicious movement and police have improved vigil at strategic locations. Police teams are on alert at coastal areas of Surat. Locations like Hazira and other places with vital installations have already been alerted and instructed to strengthen security.”
Five instances of fishing boats being abandoned off the Kutch coast in the last three months have been reported, said a report in the DNA. The report further added that a Pakistani fishing boat was seized by a BSF patrol party on Saturday after its occupants fled on seeing the border security personnel in the Koteshwar creek area off the Kutch coast on the Indo-Pakistan border.
An official said the recovery of boats in the area, which is rich in sea food, was not very unusual as Pakistani fishermen would at times stealthily enter the marshy area to catch prawns and they would abandon the boat and escape if they suspect or see any BSF patrol boat in the vicinity. But recovery of such boats in quick succession could be a matter of security concern.
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