Staff Reporter

Holds coordination meeting with officials on terrorist threat

Focus on safety of oil and gas installations

Coast Guard and marine police have to check fishing boats plying on the high seas

Kakinada: Superintendent of Police Y. Nagi Reddy has called for close monitoring of the boats carrying foreigners, particularly those hailing from Pakistan and Bangladesh, off the district coast in view of the threat of terrorist attacks. Intelligence warnings of possible attacks like the one that rocked Mumbai last year ought to be taken seriously if such evil designs were to be foiled, he said in a coordination meeting with officials of the Indian Coast Guard, Fisheries Department and representatives of Reliance Industries, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation here. Mr. Nagi Reddy said the Central and State security agencies needed to keep a tight vigil along the coastal areas. Of great importance was the safety of oil and gas installations located in the Bay of Bengal close to Kakinada and adjoining areas. Joint patrolling was required to be done round-the-clock to prevent incursions from the sea. The Coast Guard and marine police have to check fishing boats plying on the high seas to prevent anti-national activities. The Fisheries Department has to ensure that all the fishing boats in its purview were registered and the fishermen possessed identity cards.

Road accidents

Mr. Nagi Reddy stated in a press release that registration of road accident cases and their investigation in Kakinada and Rajahmundry towns would henceforth be done by the law and order police instead of the traffic police. This decision was taken to relieve traffic police of the investigating duties which resulted in poor regulation of vehicular movements. Thus, road accident cases would hereafter be booked only in the L&O police stations concerned in Kakinada and Rajahmundry.