Special Correspondent

MADURAI: Keeping in mind the need to have effective and sustained vigil along the coastal borders/districts of Tamil Nadu, various agency heads and representatives from Central and State government undertakings participated in a review meeting here on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after participating in the 25th off-shore security coordination committee meeting organised by the ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Commission), Director-General of Police K.P. Jain said that the committee reviewed the system from different angles. Based on the requirements and needs for coastal security, the planning was done and executed. Apart from the police, officers from Central Industrial Security Force and Ministry of Home and Ministry of Petroleum are in the committee.

Replying to a query, he said that the war in Sri Lanka might be over but the security agencies continued their vigil and kept surveillance.

The State intelligence agencies shared inputs with their counterparts at the Centre. Apart from intercepting sea-borne intruders, the agencies monitored vital installations belonging to undertakings such as the ONGC, he added.

When asked about the strengthening plans for coastal security, Mr. Jain did not elaborate, but said that the first phase was over and they had just taken up the second phase.

Mock drills were conducted by involving multiple agencies periodically in coastal districts. Recently, ‘Operation Barricade’ drill was performed, he said.

To a question on complaints from fishermen that they were attacked in mid-sea, he said that the governments were taking steps to protect them and officials were also in touch with the fishermen.

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