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Gujarat coast on alert after input received from IB for security threat

PTI | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:14 PM IST

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Ahmedabad: Vigil has been enhanced on the Gujarat coast, which have vital installations like ports, oil refineries and famous temples at Dwarka and Somnath, following inputs from intelligence agencies about possible infiltration bids by terrorists through the sea route.

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The alert has been issued for coastal districts of Gujarat based on an input received from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) recently, Devbhoomi-Dwarka District Superintendent of Police R J Pargi said.

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“As per a fresh IB input, there is a possibility of infiltration through the sea route. The coast of Devbhoomi-Dwarka is very close to Pakistan. Thus, if someone wants to enter India using a boat, they may chose our coast due to proximity. We have put our men on alert after receiving the input,” he said.

The fresh IB inputs have come days after Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.

Gujarat, having 1,600 km-long coastline, shares border with Pakistan. During the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, terrorists had hijacked a fishing trawler ‘Kuber’ from the mid-sea in Gujarat to travel to Mumbai shores.

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“Since the world famous Dwarkadhish Temple is also under threat, we have deployed commandos under a DySP cadre officer. We are in touch with Navy and Coast Guard for enhanced vigil, looking at the current threat perception on our coastline,” said Pargi, who patrolled near the coast in a boat today.

Apart from the coast of Dwarka, where the temple is situated, a large police force has been deployed at Bet-Dwarka, a small island near the temple city.

“Some part of this island is uninhabited. We have deployed 70 to 80 policemen there to check identity of each and every resident. We are also checking fishermen of that area. We have hired boats to increase our patrolling in the sea,” he said.

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Published on: Thursday, October 06, 2016, 05:16 PM IST