As a precautionary step towards averting any retaliation by terrorist outfit al-Qaeda in the wake of the killing of its chief Osama bin Laden, the State Government has issued a high security alert in the coastal region for a year, especially at hotels and tourism places frequented by foreigners in this region.

Disclosing this to presspersons here on Wednesday, Home Minister R. Ashok said security would be stepped up near such hotels and tourism places. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting on security issues chaired by him a few days ago, the Minister said.

Focus

He said the State Government had decided to focus particularly on areas visited by foreigners as the U.S. and the U.K. had been the prime targets of al-Qaeda. On why such an alert had been issued particularly in the coastal region, he said the 2008 Mumbai terror attack had showed that terrorists were using the sea route to enter India. Hence, the State Government was particular about increasing security in the coastal region.

The Government had also decided to set up 12 special police stations along the State's 360-km coastline at the rate of one police station every 30 km, he said.