Bomb squad to be deployed in Karaikal

Rajesh B. Nair

Police station receives letters threatening trouble

PUDUCHERRY: The Police Department has decided to deploy a bomb detection squad in Karaikal to deal with situation arising out of any untoward incident. The move comes in view of letters being received by the town police station in Karaikal from miscreants threatening trouble.

“Though the letters were found to be fake, we are not taking any chances. Some fundamentalist organisations which are on the watch list of intelligence agencies are active in Karaikal,” a senior police official told The Hindu.

The letter said that Lashkar-e-Taiba activists have infiltrated into Kariakal and were waiting for an opportunity to ambush police stations.

The activists would attack police personnel patrolling during night and modern weapons had already been smuggled into the region, it added.

Two days after the letter was received by the town police station, a similar letter was dropped at the office of the tahsildar in Thittancherry by unknown persons. Although Thittancherry is in Nagapattinam, it borders T.R. Pattinam in Karaikal, the official said. Investigation revealed that the handwriting on all the letters were similar. The letters received by post were sent from the Head Post Office in Karaikal, the police official said.

As a precautionary measure, the Police Department had decided to procure bomb detection equipment and post a team in Karaikal. The team had been selected and proper training provided to them.

At present, the department had an understanding with the Tamil Nadu police to get its services in case of any bomb threat in the region.

Besides, the department had decided to buy another riot control vehicle, Vajra, and position it in the region. The strength in all police stations in Karaikal would be increased on a priority basis.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Crime and Intelligence) Sindhu Pillai said that the Intelligence Bureau was informed about the letter and increased communal activities of certain organisations.

“There is no infiltration or threat perception but the region is communally sensitive. We are working in coordination with Q branch of the Tamil Nadu police to monitor the activities of such organisations,” she said.

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