March 6: The security in the state of Gujarat has been tightened, especially along the coast, following a note by national security adviser Ajit Doval about a possible infiltration attempt by eight-ten militants through the land or the sea border with Pakistan, reports. The alert was notified in Kutch district which shares a land and sea border with Pakistan.
Two NSG teams have been rushed to Gujarat and been put on standby after high-level alert sounded in the state.
The advisory note was issued after reports by armed forces regarding five instances of fishing boats being abandoned off the Kutch coast in the last three months, with the last one taking place on Saturday.
The director general of police PC Thakur met with security agencies and later had a video conference with district police chiefs. The security has also been beefed up at malls, cinema halls and bus stands. The police will possibly carry out combing operations during the night, security checks at hotels and guest houses. The sanctioned leaves of police officials have also been reportedly cancelled.
Somnath temple, Dwarka Temple, Akshardham, power plants, defence, dams like Sardar Sarovar Dam and security establishments are under heavy security scanners. Patrolling and checking at inter-state border points with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have also been scaled up.
A Pakistani fishing boat was seized by a BSF patrol party on Saturday after its occupants fled upon seeing the border security personnel in the Koteshwar creek area off the Kutch coast along the Indo-Pakistan border, BSF officials said. Earlier in January, a boat was found in the Sir Creek area. In December last year, a fishing boat was found at Padala creek near Koteshwar while in November, two fishing boats were found in another area of Kutch.
Meanwhile, a man was caught by army personnel while he was allegedly clicking photos of sensitive sites in the cantonment area here in Kachchh district, which borders Pakistan, police said. “Army officials handed the accused over to us last night, after which we arrested him under the Official Secrets Act,” he said. The accused has been identified as Ayub Khan, a resident of Nana Dinara village of Bhuj Taluka, police said, adding that he was a truck driver. The mobile phone on which he was clicking pictures was also seized, they said.