Navy Chief warns of terror outbreaks through the high seas

Navy Chief warns of terror outbreaks through the high seas: India’s Naval chief has informed that the Pakistan based terrorists are planning to attacks through the high seas. Speaking in an event in Delhi, Naval Chief Sunil Lanba said, “We also have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out attacks with varying modus operandi including through the medium of the sea.”

In his statement Lanba criticized Pakistan for giving support to terror and said, “India faces a far more serious version of terrorism called ‘State-Sponsored Terrorism’. You have all witnessed the horrific scale of the extremist attack in Jammu and Kashmir just 3 weeks ago. This violence was perpetrated by extremists aided and abetted by a state which seeks to destabilise India.”

India has increased its security along the coastline after the the 26/11 attacks in 2008. The 26/11 attack is also referred as 2008 Mumbai attacks. On that day a group of terrorist attacks took place in November 2008, when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba which is an Islamic terrorist group based in Pakistan, passed out a chain of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks which lasts for four days across Mumbai.

This attack drew widespread worldwide criticism, which started on Wednesday 26 November and lasted until Saturday 29 November 2008. In the 4 day terror attack about 174 people died, counting 9 attackers as well as leaving more than 300 wounded.

The government has been applying the Coastal Security Scheme in stages since 2005. The aim of the system is to make stronger the capability and set-up of Police Force of the coastal States/UTs for guarding and surveillance of coastline areas.

About 200 Coastal Police Stations are operative as well as Coastal Police has been armed with 204 boats, 30 jetties, 284 four-wheelers under the scheme. This is not for the first time that a threatening has come from the Pakistan based terrorist preparing an attack by the use of the high seas.

Minister of state in the Home Ministry Hansraj Ahir while speaking in the Parliament in the month of January said, “Available inputs indicate that the Pakistan based terrorist group continue to train their cadres for underwater strike capabilities in a bid to infiltrate them into India by sea/water ways.”

In additional he explained by saying, Pakistan based terrorist group have insisted its squads for “samundari jihad” in contradiction of India.

The expansion derives even as India saw the worst terror attack on its security forces on 14th February 2019 in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where a vehicle loaded with more than hundreds of explosive knocked against one of the bus which was carrying CPRF jawans. Pakistan based group Jaish e mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack. In this terror attack more than 40 CRPF personnel were killed.