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Home minister, navy chief assess coastal security

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday met Indian Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma to assess the coastal security scenario in the aftermath of the Nov 26 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2009 23:18 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday met Indian Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma to assess the coastal security scenario in the aftermath of the Nov 26 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"The navy chief met the home minister today. A review of coastal security was on the agenda," said an Indian Navy official.

Post the Mumbai terror attack, the navy has been made the nodal agency for coastal security and it has been working with the home ministry for better synergy in the area.

This was one of a series of meetings that have been taking place among the officials of the home and defence ministries for coordination.

The Nov 26-29, 2008, attacks at key spots in Mumbai were mounted by 10 terrorists from Pakistan who entered the city using the sea route. The mayhem, which claimed more than 170 lives, has put the focus on coastal security.

After the attack, blame was put on multiple security agencies like the coastal police, Coast Guard and the navy.