As part of efforts to beef up security in the vast coastline, the Prakasam police have decided to involve local fishermen community in averting any infiltration by strangers and for better management of the coastal security.
“All the police stations in the coastal region are put on alert. We have stepped up patrolling in the coastal region with involvement of special police parties and local police'', the Superintendent of Police, K. Raghuram Reddy said while talking to The Hindu .
“We have also sensitised the local fishermen community on the exercise and sought their cooperation in identifying presence of any non-local persons,'' Dr. Reddy added.
Meanwhile, Fisheries Department Assistant M. Balaram said nine teams would speed up the process of collection of information for providing biometric ID cards to over 7,000 persons uncovered in the first phase of survey.
“The process will be completed by October 31'', he said. All the 41,000 fishermen in the district would be given ID cards by the public sector Electronics Corporation of India.
This was part of joint efforts of the Union and State governments to ensure the safety and security along the vast coastline and on the high seas to avert any terror attacks similar to the Mumbai 26/11 incidents.
In the first phase, over 33,000 fishermen in 66 villages were covered for provision of tamper-proof ID cards using fingerprinting technology,he added.