Security measures reviewed to strengthen vigil on coastline

Security measures reviewed to strengthen vigil on coastline

New Delhi: Realising the vulnerability of the country’s 7,516-km-long coastline, a high-level meeting convened by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today reviewed measures to tone up coastal security in the wake of terrorists taking the sea route to attack Mumbai.

“The measures include short,m edium and long-term ones," Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, M.L. Kumawat, said. He, however, did not give any details.

Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, Home Secretary Mahdukar Gupta, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and IB Chief P.C. Haldar besides Kumawat attended the meeting where implementation of the coastal security scheme was reviewed.

The Home Ministry launched a coastal security scheme over two years ago and sanctioned 73 police stations in nine coastal states and four Union Territories. Of these, 55 coastal police stations are already operational and new boats would be made available to them soon.

The Special Secretary said that he was informed by the NSG chief that commando operation was on at evening at Taj Hotel.

He said that Oberoi-Trident Hotel had been made ‘fully secure’ and guests were being evacuated.

Kumawat said that NSG suffered two casualties — Major Sandeep Unikrishnan who was killed in the gun battle in Taj Hotel and Havildar Chander who died in the Nariman House shootout.

He said that an AK-47 rifle, two pistols and some live grenades of Chinese-make were recovered from Hotel Oberoi.