In light of the intelligence input that a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu and are plotting terror attacks across the state, security arrangements have been increased manifold in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The Tamil Nadu police received tip-off on Thursday about six terrorists who had reached Coimbatore and are allegedly planning to organize terror attacks in the state. A memo to the Tamil Nadu police stated that the terrorists were last spotted in Coimbatore on August 21.
The memo also said that two religious shrines and couple of defense establishments could be the possible targets.
Following this, Kerala police Director General Loknath Behera has instructed all the district police chiefâ€™s in the state to take precautionary measures and be on high alert.
The police have been given instructions to stay on high alert in places such as bus stands, railway stations, airports and other public places which are usually crowded. Religious places of worship will also be put under high security, the DGP said in his circular. The Kerala police in a statement on Friday has informed that they will be conducting searches along the areas that share borders with Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Coimbatore has been placed under high alert and extensive security checks are being conducted on people and vehicles moving within and out of the city. While around 2000 police personnel and 10 Quick Reaction Teams have been posted across Coimbatore city alone, other major tourist spots and places of religious importance are also being monitored carefully. Earlier on Friday, the Commissioner of Police in Coimbatore Sumit Sharan said that the city is under general alert and there is no need for the public to panic or worry. He also reiterated that no photos of the suspects have been released by the police.
Security has been beefed up in all major points across the state as well including in and around Velankanni church, where the annual festival is scheduled to commence on August 29, Tiruchendur temple, Madurai Meenakshi temple apart from all major railway stations, airports and bus depots.
The public in Kerala can contact the police using the number 112 or contact the control room of the state police through the number 0471 2722500.