Al-Qaeda may hit installations in Goa: State Govt
International terror network Al-Qaeda would target certain installations in tourist hotspot Goa, warns a Goa cabinet note circulated to ministers. This is the first time that Goa government has admitted that the state was on the Al-Qaeda radar, something it had been publicly denying so far.india Updated: Dec 06, 2008 19:50 IST
International terror network Al Qaeda would target certain installations in tourist hotspot Goa, warns a Goa cabinet note circulated to ministers in Panaji.
"Today, Goa faces serious threat from terrorists and there were specific inputs that Al-Qaeda would target certain installations in Goa. Goa has a coastline of 105 km, major sea ports and beaches," the cabinet note signed by Chief Secretary J P Singh reads.
This is the first time that Goa government has admitted that the state was on the Al-Qaeda radar, something it had been publicly denying so far.
"Goa is declared as the permanent venue for IFFI. It has already added to the busy tourist calendar of the state, thereby putting massive stain on the police machinery. To handle such situations, an increase of reserve force is the need of the hour to ensure effective patrolling," the note adds.
A Kashmiri youth Tarique Batloo was arrested with explosives at South Goa's Margao railway station in 2006.
The police investigations had revealed that Batloo's connection with militant outfit Tehrik-Ul-Mujahid.
However, Batloo was acquitted in 2008 by a Goa court as police failed to establish offence against him.
The state cabinet, which had met on December 2, discussed the need to have an additional India Reserve Battalion (IRB), an armed police force.
First Published: Dec 06, 2008 19:39 IST