Suspected Pakistani commando intrusion

High security alert in Gujarat

A high security alert was sounded across Gujarat following intelligence inputs that Pakistan-trained commandos may have sneaked into the Gulf of Kutch, police sources said on Thursday.

The alert followed Border Security Force (BSF) finding two Pakistani boats abandoned in 'Harami Nala' area of Gujarat. A thorough search operation was launched after the two single-engine fitted Pakistani boats were found but nothing suspicious was recovered from the area, a BSF spokesperson said.

The commandos from Pakistan are believed to be trained in “underwater attacks” and security at all major ports like Kandla Port, Adani Port in Mundra and other infrastructures have been enhanced and they were directed to take utmost security measures.

Both Kandla Port and Adani Port in Mundra have directed shipping agents to inform their vessels and maintain terror watch and report any suspicious activity to the Coast Guard, marine police stations or port control rooms. The Deendayal Port Trust in Kandla directed shipping agents to ensure that all vessels take necessary security measures to thwart any untoward incident along the Gujarat coast.

In a similar advisory, the Adani Port management has also asked all agencies to ensure tight security. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today searched the houses of five persons in Coimbatore in connection with a recent terror alert issued to Tamil Nadu.

According to police, the NIA conducted the search to ascertain if the five persons had any links with Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists who had earlier infiltrated into the state. Some of the people, at whose houses the NIA conducted searches today, had earlier been raided by the agency as part of its probe into the Tamil Nadu ISIS module, police added. Earlier, Tamil Nadu was put on a high alert on August 23 following intelligence inputs that members of the LeT had infiltrated into the state. The reports had then suggested six members of the terror outfit had infiltrated by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities, including Coimbatore.