Govt to upgrade coastal security, warns Pak about Sir Creek violat

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) Despite the Centre sending specific advisory on November 18 about the possibility of militants infiltrating from the coastal side, the terrorists could enter the Mumbai coast within ten days to launch an unprecedented attack that claimed the lives of 183 people and left about 300 injured.

This has led the government to decide upon setting up an Institutional Mechanism to ensure better coordination between the Navy and Coast Guard to ensure coastal security and upgrade it further. The Centre has also decided to call a meeting of the DGPs of the coastal states soon to consider measures to upgrade the security from the sea side.

The decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil here today. The meeting also decided to get the fishing boats registered with the police to ensure they were not misused by terrorists to enter the Indian waters like it happened in the recent Mumbai terror attacks. At present, fishing boats are registered with the port or harbour authorities.

The meeting, attended by Chief of Navy Admiral Sureesh Mehta, the Director General of Coast Guards, Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and the Vice Chief of Army, discussed the measures to improve the security of the 8000-km long coastline, which has 12 major ports and 180 minor ports, Special Secretary, Internal Security, and DG BSF M L Kumawat said here.

Recently, some movement of Pakistani vessels in the Sir Creek areas near the Gujarat coast has been witnessed, following which, India has warned Pakistan that it would not allow them, said Mr Kumawat, who is also the Director General of BSF.

He said that the Pakistani Rangers have said those were fishing boats, which had entered the Indian waters inadvertantly. However, India has conveyed in the strongest possible term that it was a serious matter and it would not allow such things to happen.

Denying that there was any delay in the movement of the NSG commandos, he said that it took a few hours in bringing them from Manesar to Delhi and airlifting them to Mumbai and from there, to the spot of operation.

However, in future, to avoid any delays, so that the crucial 'Golden Hour' of any terror attack was not lost, the Centre has decided to raise the NSG type forces in bigger states and metropolis soon. These state forces would swing into action immediately after the terror attacks and would take care for the first three-four hours after which NSG commando would take over, he said.


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