Just three days before the third anniversary of the 26/11 attacks in the city, an email warning an impending terror attack on Wednesday triggered high alert in the city.
The email was sent to the chairman of the Mormugoa Port Trust in Goa. It specified neither the location, nor the type of attack, said sources in the intelligence bureau. A mobile assault team, equipped with the latest small arms, camped through the day near marine drive.
Police presence was also beefed up at the city airport, and other vital installations in the city and neighboring states of Goa and Gujarat. “An alert was triggered following the email. All states have been put on high alert,” said an official attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In view of the anniversary, followed by Navy Day celebrations in the first week of December, the high alert is likely to continue for a few days.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), guarding the airport, has put leave applications on hold. Paramilitary force has increased deployment at the airport entrance, and patrolling in the terminal building. “We are following the usual protocol for security alerts,” said a senior CISF official.
Both RPF and government railway police have also been put on alert and personnel are carrying out random checks of passenger baggage and the entrance and exit of stations, sources said.