Staff Reporter

`Extra vigil needed against coastal infiltration'

EZHIMALA: Defence Minister A.K. Antony has emphasised the importance of strengthening the country's naval capabilities in the face of threats from maritime terrorism and coastal infiltration.

Addressing a press conference at the Naval Academy project site here on Monday, Mr. Antony said that the expansion of the country's naval capabilities was being given priority by the Centre as maritime terrorism, infiltration through coastal borders, drug trafficking and piracy had been posing a major threat to the country's security. He said the entire fuel trade of the nation was through the seas. "India is strategically situated and we have therefore more concern and interest in peace in the region,"

Mr. Antony said. Stating that there was some stability along the country's land borders thanks to increased vigil by the armed forces and the cooperation from neighbouring countries, he called for extra vigil along the coast against infiltration. Most of the country's important installations were on the coastal areas.