Thursday, July 16, 2009

Coastal vigilance panels in 591 villages

Express News Service
First Published : 16 Jul 2009 04:14:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 16 Jul 2009 09:49:13 AM IST

CHENNAI: Coastal vigilance committees have been formed in all the 591 villages along the 1067 km coastline in the State to detect and prevent militants’ intrusion through sea, said K P Jain, Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu here on Wednesday. .Brefing media persons on the law and order situation in the state during the last six months, Jain said that the recent Operation Barricade, held in collaboration with the Coast Guard and intelligence agencies to check the preparedness of the police, in case of a major terror attack, helped the police discover loopholes.

Fishermen in the coastal areas were involved in gathering intelligence, which played a crucial role in preventing terror attacks, he said.

CB -CID Additional DGP, Archana Ramasundaram said that the identity of the mysterious man, who rammed the EMU train into a goods train, was yet to established and investigations were still on, including the naxal angle.

“The naxal angle is still on and we are probing in that direction too,” she said. On April 29 incident in which an unidentified man hijacked a suburban Electric Multiple Unit from Moore Market complex near Chennai Central station before ramming it into a goods train at Vyasarpadi, five km away.

Pointing out the achievement of the State Police, Jain said that 24 forged passport cases referred to the CB CID were solved arresting seven accused from Chennai, Tiruchy and Thanjavur.

Jain also said that action has been taken to stop sand smuggling in the State. So far 860 cases had been booked, 527 smugglers held, 368 vehicles seized and two smugglers detained by the police.

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