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Navy on high alert as Lashkar terrorists sneak into Tamil Nadu

"In view of the intelligence inputs, the Indian Navy continues to maintain its high alert situation at seas and in coastal areas," a defence spokesman said in Kochi, Kerala

Coimbatore/Kochi: The Indian Navy has sounded a high-alert at sea in view of intelligence inputs that six members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have intruded into Tamil Nadu, as strict surveillance continued in various parts of the State for the second day on Saturday.

“In view of the intelligence inputs, the Indian Navy continues to maintain its high alert situation at seas and in coastal areas,” a defence spokesman said in Kochi, Kerala.

Security was tightened in Tamil Nadu on Friday following reports that six members of the terror outfit LeT had infiltrated the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities.

Coimbatore Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan had on Friday said the city was under a high alert following information that the terrorists were heading there.

Police said on Saturday that vehicle-checks were intensified on arterial roads and highways connecting Coimbatore city with neighbouring states, and baggage thoroughly checked by armed police personnel.

Similarly checks were on in railway stations, bus-stands and the airport, they said.

The Tamil Nadu commando force carried out a flag march at Mettupalayam, about 35 km from Coimbatore, to instil confidence in people about security.

Armed forces were deployed at temples, mosques and churches, which were normally targeted by terrorists as was done in Sri Lanka recently, police sources said.

Kerala DGP Loknath Behera had on Friday also directed district police chiefs to keep utmost vigil across the state.

In July, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to the Indian Navy.

HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for the supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and the balance in August 2020.

HAL has been producing the Chetak helicopters for last five decades under license from Eurocopter, France (now Airbushelicopters).

The first Chetak helicopter to the Indian Navy was delivered way back in February 1966, the company said in a release.

These helicopters are used by the Navy for communication duties (Passenger transport), Cargo and material transport, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, areal survey and patrolling, emergency medical services, electronic news gathering, anti-hijacking, offshore operation and under-slung operation, it said.

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