The Kerala coast has been put on high alert following the intelligence reports that boats allegedly carrying Islamic State (IS) terrorists and operatives had set off for the Lakshadweep Islands.
The coastal police department had said that the alert was sounded by the Sri Lankan authorities on May 23. The alert stated that white boats carrying nearly 15 Islamic State terrorists are moving towards Lakshadweep. The boats have allegedly set off from Sri Lanka.
The Indian Coast Guard has deployed its ships and maritime surveillance aircraft around the two islands and maritime borders with Sri Lanka in order to thwart any attempt by the ISIS to enter Indian waters.
“We were on alert since the Sri Lankan attack took place. We have also alerted the fishing vessels and others venturing into the sea to be cautious of suspicious activities,” said a department source.
“Such alerts are usual practice but this time we have a piece of specific information about the number. We have alerted the coastal police stations and the police chiefs of coastal districts to be on alert in case of any sighting of suspicious vessels,” a top police source told PTI.
Sri Lanka witnessed a deadly Easter Sunday terror attack on April 21 when eight blasts rocked the Island nation killing over 250 people.
ISIL’s Amaq News Agency, earlier in May, had announced the establishment of a new province, that it called “Wilayah of Hind”, in a statement that also claimed IS inflicted casualties on Indian army soldiers in the town of Amshipora in the Shopian district of Kashmir.