Mumbai: Following fresh intelligence inputs of possible terror attacks on Navy ships, India Navy has issued an alert for West Coast. As per a confidential note issued by Western Naval Command, Navy ships have been asked to maintain a distance of at least 200 meters from fishermen boats and Merchant navy vessels plying on the western coast.
The alert has also been sent to the Commissioner of Fisheries, the Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mumbai Police Commissioner, and the Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department.
“The Headquarters has received intelligence input regarding possibility of attacks on Indian Naval ship by explosive-laden fast boats and trawlers. The modus operandi in such attacks is that a boat laden with explosive closes the target ship, rams into it and explodes next to the ship,” a newspaper report quoting the confidential note as saying.
Intelligence inputs indicate that terrorists are eying coastline to sneak into India. It was during 26/11 attacks, the jihadis hijacked Indian fishing trawler `Kuber`, killed the crew and entered Mumbai on a rubber dinghy.
Recently Indian warship thwarted a pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.