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Goa issues alert after intel says terrorists using sea route to arrive in India

The state’s ports department has written to the offshore casinos, cruise vessels and barges to be alert in the wake of the intelligence input.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2018 14:04 IST
Press Trust of India, Panaji
Goa’s coast has many offshore casinos that are a popular hotspot. (HT File Photo)

Goa on Friday issued an alert to all vessels and casinos operating off the state’s coast following an intelligence input about possible arrival of terrorists on board a fishing trawler, the state’s ports minister said.

State’s ports minister Jayesh Salgaoncar told PTI that his department has issued a warning to all the offshore casinos, water sports operators and barges to be alert as the Indian Coast Guard has shared an intelligence input about a possible terror attack on the western coast.

“The alert is not specific to Goa. It can be even to Mumbai or Gujarat coast, but we have alerted the vessels and concerned agencies,” Salgaoncar said.

“A fishing trawler from India which was seized by Pakistan has been released and there is intelligence input that on its way back, it may carry terrorists,” the minister said.

State’s ports department has written to the off shore casinos and cruise vessels, and barges to remain alert in the wake of the intelligence input.

When contacted, Braganza confirmed sending the letter today to all the people concerned. The letter was also marked to state chief secretary Dharmendra Sharma.

First Published: Apr 07, 2018 12:58 IST