Bhubaneswar, September 5 (LocalWire): With the centre sounding alert on possible terror attack through the sea-route, security measures have been beefed up along the 480-Km stretch of coastline in Odisha.
According to reports fleets of Coast Guard (CG) ships and aircraft have been pressed into service to thwart any possible infiltration or subversive ploy, while patrolling has been intensified along the Digha-Gopalpur-Puri coast in view of the perceptible threat from across the sea route.
Meanwhile, the state police chief has directed the superintendents of seven coastal districts to keep additional vigil and focus on sea-route patrolling through 18 marine police stations.
The state director general of police Bijoy Kumar Sharma reviewing the preparedness of coastal security agencies yesterday through video conferencing directed the concerned superintendents of police to submit updates to the state police headquarters on the functioning of the coastal security system.
“Round-the-clock patrolling is in full swing from our CG bases at Paradip and Gopalpur. The coast guards, besides the subsidiary coastal security agencies including the marine police stations, are also on high alert.
The purpose is to maintain the national security by countering terror strikes and curtailing acts of infiltration,” Coast Guard personnel said.
Sources also disclosed that the Marine Fisheries Department, fishermen, trawl operators, and other stakeholders are also assisting the patrolling exercise.
“They have been asked to inform the security agencies of any suspicious movement of vessels along the coastal water. Fishermen and crews of trawls have also been advised to transmit the sighting of any suspicious vessels along the coast through the disaster alert transmitters,” Odisha’s nodal officer of the Coastal Security Wing Bishnu Charan Mishra said.
“Every year, coordinated security exercise is held on several occasions to meet with exigencies. The stakeholders have been made familiar with the standard operating procedures of the sea-route security mechanism,” he stated.