New Delhi: Pakistan is planning a 26/11 type terror attack on Indian soil. The military intelligence has received specific inputs that a consignment of arms and ammunition could be headed towards Indian soil via sea route. A small team of infiltrators might also try to sneak into India. The intelligence alert has come at a time when the entire nation is preparing for the Independence Day.
According to intelligence inputs, the landing point of the consignment of arms and ammunition could be anywhere along the Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa coasts.
The inputs have been passed on to the Indian Navy, which serves as the nodal agency for securing the maritime border and exclusive economic zone of India. The Indian Navy has shared this input with the Indian Coastguard and the Mumbai Police. Gujarat and Goa police have also been informed about the possibility of maritime infiltration.
Police of all three concerned states, the Navy and the Coastguard are working in coordination to avoid 26/11 like situation. The Navy and the Coastguard have stepped up the vigil along the coastal borders. Commercial ships entering Indian waters are being thoroughly checked.
Mumbai is in the focus again with city police beefing up security in the coastal areas. After receiving inputs from the Navy, a meeting was held between the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) and Senior Officials of Port Zone Police to devise strategy to deal with the perceived threat. They are now keeping a close eye on the movements of all the commercial and passenger ships.
The coastal areas of Mumbai are guarded by three layers of security. The Mumbai Police have a jurisdiction upto 12 nautical miles from the coast beyond which the Coastguard and the Navy take over. There are four police stations across the coast of the city at Yellow Gate, Wadala, Sewri and Mumbai Sagari. A fifth police station, Mumbai Sagari II operates from a bungalow.