The Sagar Kavach operation, a joint exercise by the Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, Customs and State Police, was called off following the turbulence at sea.
Commandant of Coast Guards Rajender Singh Sapal said the decision was taken to call off the operation as it was difficult to manoeuvre boats and ships. “The sea is very bad. Our boats and those of the Coast Security Police and other forces have problems entering the sea. Hence, we had to call it off,” he said. Mr. Sapal also mentioned about fishermen in mid-sea being rescued by the Coast Guard.
This operation, conducted every year by the Defence Forces to check their readiness in costal security, was supposed to commence from Monday. Nearly 1,000 police personnel are involved in the operation. Two Dornier aircraft and one helicopter were supposed to carry out patrolling of the sea. Inspector-General of Police (Internal Security) Bhaskar Rao and some officials from the Home Department had come down to Mangalore to take part in the operation.
Official sources said the next date of the operation will be decided based on reports of the Meteorological Department.
These reports will be looked into and the next date will be decided in the next few months, a senior official said.
Joint exercise was cancelled following turbulence at sea