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.
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.
“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.
“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.Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rajkot Range, D N Patel today reviewed preparedness of police near the coastline.
Apart from Rajkot, Morbi and Surendranagar, coastal districts of Devbhoomi-Dwarka and adjoining Jamnagar are under the Rajkot range.
“Our Range is having 300 km-long coastline. Marine Police in these coastal districts has been asked to increase patrolling while police on the land is checking each and every entry point on highways and main roads to ensure that no Pakistan-trained terrorist manages to enter here,” Patel said.
On receiving the input late last night, Gir-Somnath district SP, H R Chaudhary deployed an additional force of 20 marine commandos to patrol the coastline.
“One company of SRP, having around 70 jawans, has been deployed at the famous Somnath Mahadev temple while 20 marine commandos are deployed to keep a close watch on the sea. They are given four boats to conduct round-the-clock patrolling,” Chaudhary said.