Alarm bells after UFO appears over Jamnagar refinery
“It could have been treated as a one-off occurrence, however the morning of 27 January again witnessed the same phenomenon between 6.30 and 7.00 am. Process cameras installed in the refinery caught some images.”
Prasad pointed out that “local forces and capabilities are ill-equipped to deal with high-technology air-borne assaults, should anyone try and attempt them”, and asked Moily to take up the matter with the defence and home ministries in order to “upgrade and maintain vigil on the complex” and to “investigate the incident on top priority” so as to “thwart any possible misadventure in the future”.
The Jamnagar refinery’s two units have the capacity to process 62 million tonnes of crude annually, which is 27 per cent of India’s total refining capacity. An incident at the refinery complex would significantly affect production of oil and cooking gas.
Despite the danger, the refinery continues to be protected only by a 250-member commando unit of the Central Industrial Security Force which provides perimeter security on the side of both the sea and the city.