Security meet discusses terror threats from sea

Indian navy looking for suspicious vessel sighted in the Arabian Sea

The Navy and the Coast Guard are looking for a suspicious vessel sighted in the Arabian sea recently.

A word on potential terror threats in the sea-bound Maharashtra and Goa was sounded by the Centre last month.The two states were put on maximum security alert.

Attacks planned

Reports said Lashker-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based terror outfit, was planning strikes in India from the sea on the lines of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai last year.

The security meet held at the Prime Minister’s residence was attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram, National Security Advisor MK Narayanan and new Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and Air Chief Marshal P V Naik were present during the discussions which lasted over two hours.

Alert sounded

The Navy and the Coast Guard, geared afresh for coastal and sea security post-26/11, were put on high alert on Friday to locate a suspicious vessel that was spotted in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra and Goa coasts, sources in the Home Ministry said.

The meeting is understood to have taken into account the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir and also noted the ongoing military exercise by the China.

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