Stringent security in place on Indian coastline, says Navy Chief

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, on Saturday said stringent security measures are in place across the nation's coastline.

ANI| Last Updated: Jan 10, 2015, 20:08 PM IST

Bengaluru: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, on Saturday said stringent security measures are in place across the nation's coastline.

"Not after this incident, we have already stepped up controlling in our coastal areas much before. And for the last few months, we have heightened state of alert to see that units, the ships, aircraft, the UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are deployed in our coastal areas," Admiral Dhowan said.

Admitting that dealing with the 'non-state actors' was a tough job, the Navy chief said that hundreds of merchant ships were in the Indian waters at any given time, guarding the country's 7,516 kilometre coastline.

"We have 51 stations, 20 of the Navy, 31 of the coast guard which have been integrated as part of the analysis and the management center which will be put to place in Gurgaon. These are all measures to leverage technology so that we can keep our coastal areas under surveillance," he said.

The Navy chief asserted that his troops were ready to take on any challenge.

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had earlier on Monday said that it is evident that the men on the Pakistani boat, which sank after being intercepted near the India- Pakistan maritime boundary, were suspected terrorists.

Earlier last week, a possible terror attack was averted when a suspicious fishing boat carrying explosives in the Arabian Sea was intercepted near the India- Pakistan maritime boundary, approximately 365 kilometres away from Porbander.

The four persons on board disregarded warning shots from the Coast Guard and tried to hide themselves in the lower deck of the vessel; thereafter they set the boat on fire, which resulted in an explosion.

Ultimately, the boat burnt and sank in the early hours of January 1, including all the people on board who could not be saved or recovered.