Balasore/Paradip, March 1 (Localwire): Security has been beefed up at vital installations in Paradip Port and the missile testing facility in Chandipur amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan.
Binay Kumar, director of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, said that electronic fencing, coastal surveillance radars, infrared imagery and total guidance system were kept on alert.
“I have taken a stock of the situation with all my security personnel,” Kumar told OTV.
Also, the security has been beefed in vital installations of the Paradip port after intelligence report of a possible terror threat, a person privy of the development said.
The Indian Navy and the coast guard are keeping a tight vigil on Odisha 480-km coastline, he added.
Intelligence reports had suggested that Pakistani terrorists may use small boats to carry out attacks.
Paradip is home to many major industries, ports and oil companies like the IOCL’s Paradip Oil Refinery.
Coastal security is overseen jointly by the police, coast guard and the Indian Navy.
While the police have a jurisdiction of up to 12 nautical miles for security of the respective coastal districts, the coast guard and the Indian Navy hold sway over to 200 nautical miles.
Paradip Port Trust chairman Rinkesh Roy said, “Additional security personnel have been deployed at vital installations of the Paradip port.”
In view of the threat, leave applications of CISF and police personnel have been cancelled and have been asked to join duty at the earliest, said another official, requesting anonymity.
Three marine police stations Paradip have been asked to increase vigilance and remain on high alert.
Tensions between Indian and Pakistan have increased after the deadly terror attack on a security convoy in Kashmir’s Pulwama last month in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
Two of the martyred jawans were from Odisha. India has blamed the Pakistan for the dastardly act.