Indian coastguards on high alert after blasts in Sri Lanka
New Delhi: Security has been beefed up in and around the coastal regions in India in the wake of the deadly Easter blasts in Sri Lanka. The move comes considering the possibility of those culprits escaping through sea. Coastguard vessels and Dornier aircrafts are on patrol.
This has been done to ensure that no element that could pose as a security threat sneaks into the country through sea, a senior Coast Guard official said.
"We have deployed all our ships from Coast Guard stations at Tuticorin, Mandapam and Karaikal for surveillance," the official said.
He said the surveillance was stepped up as soon as reports of the blasts started emerging Sunday.
Seven suicide bombers, believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the country's worst terror attack.
Authorities has ordered a curfew from 8 pm on Monday to 4 am on Tuesday.
meanwhile, a Defence spokesman said in Kochi “in the backdrop of Sri Lanka blasts, security has been enhanced in and around Naval base as a precautionary measure. Surveillance over sea has also been enhanced," he said here.
The Kochi-based Southern Naval Command is one of the three main formations of the Indian Navy.