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PM chairs high-level national security meet

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday chaired a high-level national security meeting to discuss the situation arising out of intelligence alerts over possible terror threats via sea to Maharashtra and Goa.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2009 15:05 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday chaired a high-level national security meeting to discuss the situation arising out of intelligence alerts over possible terror threats via sea to Maharashtra and Goa.

Attended by the country's top security officials, the over two-and-a-half hour meeting is also believed to have discussed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of Amarnath Yatra scheduled to start next week, sources said.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and new Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao attended the meeting, held at the Prime Minister's residence.

Also present during the discussions were Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and Air Chief Marshal P V Naik.

"Navy and Coast Guard were put on high alert yesterday to locate a suspicious vessel that was lurking in the waters of Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra and Goa coasts. The search is still on," the sources said.

The heightened security alert comes against the backdrop of the audacious terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26 last year.

Among the other issues that came up during the discussions was the mammoth Chinese military exercise that is currently in progress.