Monday, October 2, 2006

Gujarat coastline - entry point for 7/11 terrorists?

Pakistani terrorists,who triggered Mumbai's 7/11 blasts, sail to Gujarat?
This "definite possibility" is being probed by Gujarat's intelligence agency and the anti-terrorism squad.

Mumbai police commissioner AN Roy on Saturday drew attention to the porous border in Gujarat, he added that 11 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists from Pakistan ( who had trigged the 7/11 blasts) had crossed over illegally through international borders in Bangladesh, Nepal and Gujarat.

However, if you think this development has alarmed the state home department enough to speed up border policing, then think again. It will be at least another month before the 'promised' upgradation of Gujarat's coastal security takes place, said top police sources.  The up gradation was to include coastal police stations manned by cops armed with speed boats, surveillance gadgets and automatic weapons.

Before that, in May, the Delhi police had also pointed towards a 'porous' sea route, linking India and Pakistan, close to Gujarat coastline.

Two LeT terrorists, who were arrested in Delhi on May 8 with RDX and detonators, had told police that the explosives were smuggled in through the sea route and handed over to them at Koteshwar in Kutch.

Gujarat police sources also point out the recovery of RDX from Kutch in early 90s. Inspector general of police, Kutch range, Rajan Priyadarshi said: "Work to set up coastal police stations is underway.

We will soon commission a coastal police station at Mundra port with adequate police officers, who would be given six speed boats for patrolling." Similar coastal police stations are to come up in Jamnagar and Junagadh.

this soon seems to be a bit far now... and Innocent people are paying its price with their lives.

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