IS threat: Security beefed up in coastal areas, says CM
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that coastal areas across the state are under tight security blanket in the wake of ISIS terrorists attack threat. He was addressing the assembly on Monday.
“As part of surveillance in coastal areas and other borders, coastal intelligence wings have been formed in 18 coastal police stations in the state,” said the chief minister.
Fisheries department and Marine Enforcement have been carrying out boat patrolling in coastal zones across the state. Coastal vigilance committees have been formed by including local people to strengthen security in coastal areas.
200 trained personnel will be deployed in the coastal police stations, he added.
A few days back, Intelligence agencies alerted on ISIS terrorists infiltration in the coastal areas of the state. It was reported that suspected IS terrorists from Sri Lanka had set off to Lakshadweep by boat. In the wake of this alert, navy as well as coastal guard are maintaining a high level of surveillance in Lakshadweep and on Kerala coasts.
Following the intelligence alert, state police chief Loknath Behera summoned a meeting of various security agencies with higher officials. IG G Lakshman was appointed state level co-ordinator to manage the security and surveillance in the coastal areas.