The Home Ministry has asked Kerala police to step up security in Kochi following Intelligence inputs that Lashkar-e-Taiba militants may attempt to strike the coastal city.
Following the inputs, Union home secretary Gopal K Pillai spoke to Kochi police commissioner Manoj Abraham and asked him to beef up security in and around the city, official sources said.
The commercial capital of Kerala hosts Southern Command of Indian Navy, a famous Jewish synagogue, Kochi Shipyard and some other sensitive installations.
The Kochi backwaters frequented by foreign and domestic tourists, are also believed to be under the radar of terror groups.
International cruise ships and yachts are often anchored at the Kochi harbour.