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Coastal vigilance committee to be formed in Kerala: DGP

india Updated: May 13, 2009 17:01 IST

Amid reports that the LTTE militants, confined to a narrow strip in Sri Lanka, may sneak into India, Kerala police plans to form a Coastal Vigilance Committee, comprising fishermen and government officials to monitor the state's 590-km coastline.

Kerala Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose said at a seminar here today said the Coast Guard and Navy had operational limitations without policing in the sea area and this would be solved with formation of the vigilance committee, he said.

The cooperation of fishermen was essential for coastal security as conventional land-based policing policy was not practicable to tackle sea-borne threats, he said.

The vigilance team would comprise revenue officials, police, panchayat presidents and officials of Fisheries, Port, Harbour and 'Matsyafed.'

Police would acquire 25 boats and set up eight more coastal police stations in the state, Punnoose said. After the Mumbai terror attacks, coastal security had become a matter of serious concern, he said at the seminar, held in connection with silver jubilee celebrations of 'Matsyafed'.