Fishermen should keep a strict vigil against infiltrators for ensuring safety in the coastal belts. Any vital tip-off about the presence of strangers should be immediately passed on to the Coastal Security Group (CSG) police personnel or the nearest police station, said the speakers at the day-long sports-cum-entertainment programme held in the coastal villages in the district recently.

The programme, organised under the auspices of the CSG wing, aimed at promoting rapport between the fishermen and police personnel, was held at R. Pudupattinam, about 75 km from here.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, S. Amsavalli, appealed to the fishermen to be in possession of the identity cards issued by the Fisheries Department while venturing into sea, for ensuring safety to their lives and property.

She outlined the various security measures taken by the State government to keep a close vigil against infiltrators. Towards this goal, additional infrastructural facilities such as marine police stations, check-posts and out-posts have been provided.

She also said fishermen sighting any abandoned parcel or packet in the coastal areas should not come in contact with it but should immediately alert the police for follow-up action.

The Inspector of Police, Maheshkumar, and the Sub-Inspectors Govindaraj and Viswanathan were among those who spoke. They said fishermen should shun their inhibition in seeking any police assistance. Both the police and the fishermen had a joint responsibility in ensuring coastal security.

Events such as musical chair, tug-of-war and running race were held in which a large number of fishermen and police personnel participated.

Ms. Amsavalli distributed prizes to winners.

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