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Anti-sabotage checks in Ramanathapuram

Preventive stand: A policeman guarding the Seethakathy-Sethupathy stadium in Ramanathapuram, the site of the Republic Day celebrations, on Monday.

Preventive stand: A policeman guarding the Seethakathy-Sethupathy stadium in Ramanathapuram, the site of the Republic Day celebrations, on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: L. Balachandar

Special Correspondent

RAMANATHAPURAM: The police on Monday began anti-sabotage checks in different parts of Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts as part of enhanced security measures in view of the Republic Day celebrations.

The Superintendent of Police, Pradip Kumar, told ‘The Hindu’ that anti-sabotage checks were conducted in vital installations such as Pamban Bridge, Sri Ramanathasamy Temple, television tower, Oil and Natural Gas Commission well site. Similar check was also carried out in Sethupathy Seethakathi stadium, where the main celebrations of the Republic Day, would be held.

He said as many as 500 policemen had been involved in the operation.

Coastal areas and vital installations were among the thrust areas. Joint patrolling was initiated with the Coastal Security Group to monitor the movements of boats and suspicious elements. Unknown boats and the inmates would be monitored and checked.

Mr. Kumar added that all police officers would be allotted duty for night rounds in their respective areas until further instructions. Lodges, hotels would be checked.

Commandant D.S. Saini, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station, Mandapam said all its vessels including inshore and onshore patrol, hovercraft, speed boats had been involved for coastal surveillance. They were patrolling along the strategic locations, International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and other areas.

In Sivaganga district, the police had stepped up vigilance to prevent untoward incidents in view of the Republic Day celebrations.

The Superintendent of Police, N. Rajasekaran, said that intensive vehicle checks at all entry and exit points of the district had been undertaken. Though there was no specific intelligence input, all police stations and policemen were put on high alert.

Vital installations and railway stations were closely monitored.

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