All ports across Gujarat have been put on high alert after latest intelligence inputs said that some Pakistan-trained commandos may infiltrate the Gulf of Kutch via 'Harami Nala’. News Nation has learnt that the security agencies believe that these commandos are trained for underwater attacks.
"All ships need to maintain anti-terror watch," sources said. Coast Guard have also been put on high alert following this intel input. "All shipping agents are directed to inform their vessels at Kandla outer anchorage, inner anchorage, berths," the intel input said.
The enhanced measures that authorities have asked seeks "highest state of readiness and vigilance", the deployment of maximum possible assets and personnel to plug vulnerable areas, tracking suspicious individuals or boats near the coast, patrolling along the coast ad checking of all vehicles in offices or homes nearby.
Adani Ports and Logistics also issued circular following the intel input. According to a statement by Adani Ports and SEZ, "inputs had been received from coast guard station that Pakistani commandos are likely to infiltrate into Indian territory through Kutch area preferably via sea route to create communal disturbance or terrorist attack in Gujarat. All stakeholders are requested to institute preventive measures to militate hostile attacks and assume highest state of readiness and be vigilant towards any attempts to breach our coastal security."
The alert comes days after Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh said that an "underwater wing" of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is training people to carry out attacks. He had said that all stakeholders in coastal security are ensuring that there is no intrusion from the sea.
"We have received intelligence (input) that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water and that is one change.
"But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt," he added.
Admiral Singh was answering a query on the changing form of terror and the Navy's response to them. Speaking about heightened vigil along the country's coast since the deadly 26/11 sea-borne terror attacks on Mumbai in 2008, he said the Navy was overall in-charge of maritime security.
"The Indian Navy, maritime police, state governments and other stakeholders are making sure there is no intrusion from the sea," the Navy chief stated.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a lecture, titled 'Indian Ocean - Changing Dynamic- Maritime Security Imperatives for India', which is part of a series held in the memory of the late Army chief General BC Joshi.