Orissa to tighten coastal security

Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 18:21

Bhubaneswar: With the mock drill titled
"Operation Rakshyak" exposing loopholes in coastal security,
Orissa government had decided to train its personnel and set
up 13 more police stations.

This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by
state home secretary A P Padhi. Senior officials of Indian
Navy and Coast Guard attended the meet besides all the SPs of
coastal districts here yesterday.

"We have learnt a lot from the mock drill held on
February 3 and February 4," Padhi said, adding that steps were
being taken on how to overcome lacunae in coastal security.

Besides, Orissa`s 480-km coastline also houses defence
establishments like missile testing centres and Jagannath
temple.

During the mock drill, a fake terrorist easily enter
into Sri Jagannath Temple even as the security personnel
were very much deployed at the entry points, sources said.

Though there were five marine police stations in
Orissa, the state government had moved the Centre seeking
another 13 such establishments to tighten security.

"The coastal security was tightened following 26/11
Mumbai terror attack," a senior official from Coast Guard
said.

While 61 personnel of Orissa police were already
trained in coastal security, another batch of 45 persons to be
trained by Coast Guard and Navy, they said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 18:21

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