Navy on high alert, strict vigil in Tamil Nadu

PTI Coimbatore/Kochi | Updated on August 24, 2019

Tamil Nadu Commando Force conduct a security check at a temple at Ukkadam in Coimbatore, on August 24, 2019   -  The Hindu/S Siva Saravanan

The Indian Navy has sounded a high-alert at sea following intelligence inputs that six members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have intruded into Tamil Nadu, as strict surveillance continued in various parts of the state for the second day on Saturday.

Following intelligence inputs, “the Indian Navy continues to maintain its high alert situation at seas and in coastal areas,” a defence spokesman told PTI at Kochi in Kerala.

Security was tightened in Tamil Nadu on Friday following reports that six members of the terror outfit LeT had infiltrated the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities. On Friday, Coimbatore Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan said the city was under a high alert following information that the terrorists were heading there.

Police said on Saturday that they have intensified vehicle-checks on arterial roads and highways connecting Coimbatore city with neighbouring states, and baggage thoroughly checked by armed police personnel.

Similarly checks were on in railway stations, bus-stands and the airport, they said.

The Tamil Nadu commando force carried out a flag march at Mettupalayam, about 35 km from Coimbatore, to instil confidence in people about security. Armed forces were deployed at temples, mosques and churches, which were normally targeted by terrorists as was done in Sri Lanka recently, police sources said.

Kerala DGP Loknath Behera had on Friday also directed district police chiefs to keep utmost vigil across the state.

Published on August 24, 2019

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