Hyderabad, June 2:Visakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh has become a potential target for terrorist groups. There has been a general alert in Visakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh following chatter being picked up by the intelligence bureau suggesting Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives would be launched from Sri Lanka to strike.
The matter had come up for discussion during the law and order review meeting that AP chief minister, Chandrababu Naidu held with top police officials. Naidu was told that vital installations in Visakapatnam are high on the radar of terrorist groups.
Targeting the coast from Sri Lanka:
The first time that the ploy to target the coastal areas in Southern India came to light was following the arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Tamil Nadu.
It was learnt that the ISI had set up shop in Sri Lanka with an intention of sending in its recruits to South India.
At that time investigations had shown that the target was Tamil Nadu. However now fresh inputs suggest that there is a plan afloat to target Visakapatnam which has a major port. The Eastern Naval Command too is under the radar of terrorist groups.
These inputs have led to enhanced security. The coastal areas have become extremely vulnerable to terror strikes, says an Intelligence Bureau official.
He further added that the ISI had set up a module in Sri Lanka with a specific intention of targeting South Indian states.
They had their eyes fixed on Tamil Nadu, but the plan was foiled. However now fresh inputs suggests that they are likely to send men to conduct a reconnaissance of areas with vital installations in Andhra Pradesh.