Bhubaneswar, Sept 3 (LocalWire): The coastal security wing of state police has asked all marine police stations to stop sea-bound trawlers and boats from using Chinese-made walkie sets from the national security perspective, a senior official of coastal security wing said today.
Of late, the VHF sets installed at seaside police stations are malfunctioning and are being hit by poor signal.
The cyber and IT experts of state police headquarters after thorough examination detected the sets being intercepted by improvised chips fitted into Chinese-made walkie-talkie sets that the seagoing fishermen often carry with them to dispatch SOS.
The authorities sounded an alert since the powerful foreign-made walkie-talkie sets of sea-vessels were intercepting signals of marine police stations’ VHF sets, the official told LocalWire.
The trawler operators’ unions across the coastal districts have been explained the threat these transmitters are posing to coastal security.
A mid-sea drive will be undertaken shortly to impound the sets.
‘We have received directions from the additional director general (coastal security) in this regard,’ an official of a marine police station in Jagatsinghpur district, disclosed.
The Union defence ministry had objected to the state’s first doppler weather radar station at Paradip as the radar was a Chinese-manufactured one.
Defence experts had later given clearance to the DWR after thorough technical examination of its chips.