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   Terror Attack from Sea

  Home Minister Shivraj Patil revealed that "in view of the recent Indo-US agreement of civil nuclear energy cooperation, our atomic power plants have become highly vulnerable" apart from "multi-purpose projects and shipyards" to terrorist attacks.
 

 

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Home Minister Shivraj Patil revealed that "in view of the recent Indo-US agreement of civil nuclear energy cooperation, our atomic power plants have become highly vulnerable" apart from "multi-purpose projects and shipyards" to terrorist attacks.

Addressing a three-day conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) and Inspector-Generals of Police (IGP), Patil said the terrorists, specifically the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), has plans "to induct arms and ammunition through the sea routes" as they have been "collecting information regarding location of various refineries on or near the Indian coastline." To further their scheme, terrorists plan to "occupy some uninhabited islands and use them as bases for launching operations on the Indian coast" and the Home Ministry has already asked littoral states to create marine police stations using the Rs. 400 crore (USD 86 million). He wanted them to purchase patrol boats and train policemen with the help of the Coast Guard and revealed that he has initiated programs to integrate command-and-control among the police, Coast Guard, and other security agencies for real-time sharing of intelligence.

While Patil did not disclose the threat list, he did say that the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Hyderabad and Goa Shipyard are threatened by these moves. Although Patil did not name any outfit, the insinuation of "foreign organizations" and domestic colluders point to LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and SIMI. Patil appealed for more vigilance and intelligence of the police to fight this new threat.

Patil's message on possible targeting of sensitive and economic installations is not new and is well-known since after the Mumbai blasts of July 11. However, his linking the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal with the terror threat is curious. It is not clear if he is insinuating that the association with the US is bound to bring India more trouble or whether the creation of more reactors by India because of the deal will compound the threat. Also surprising is the quantity of allocation of funds- India has a very large coastline and how is Rs. 400 crore going to help? Also, since India already has a specialist force to guard the coastline, such as the Coast Guard, why is he not just funding them as opposed to creating new expertise in a force already stretched thin by land based internal terrorist movements such as Naxalism?