Kochi, Kerala's commercial hub, was on alert after intelligence reports indicated that a terror gang was possibly heading towards the city. Media reports say the boat belongs to the LTTE.
Inspector General of Police Arun Kumar Sinha, however, denied media reports that it was a gang of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and that they had arrived on the coast near Shertallai, near Alappuzha, and were heading towards Kochi.
"What I can say is that there is an intelligence report to this effect. The coastal areas in and around Kochi are being combed," Sinha said.
A special group of commandos led by Kochi Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham was checking all vehicles between Alappuzha and Kochi.
Meanwhile, IB has issued a terror alert saying LTTE men may have landed in Kerala.