Chennai : The Marine police wing of the Coastal Security Group today began a 48-hour long ‘Sagar Kavach’, a mock drill to test the defence preparedness of various security agencies in the event of terrorists infiltrating into the state through the sea route across Tamil Nadu.
It was an exercise conducted by the coastal security group every year involving various agencies to test the defence preparedness of various security agencies to prevent Mumbai type terror attacks when terrorists infiltrated through sea.
During the exercise, which began at 0600 hrs this morning in coastal districts, the marine police ‘arrested’ six ‘terrorists’ at the Fishing Harbour, who ‘tried to infiltrate into the city via sea, in an operation led by Greater Chennai City Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal and other senioro officers.
Organised by the Coast Guard, involving Navy, fishermen and State and Central security agencies, the drill will end at 0600 hours on Thursday.
As part of the exercise, security arrangements were stepped up across the city, including airport, malls and other public places, in order to thwart the attacks of infiltrators.
Fishermen’s associations and communities of Tamilnadu and Puducherry, Intelligence Bureau, Customs, Chennai Port Trust, Director General of Light House and Light Ships also participated
in the mock drill.
During the exercise, the participating units were divided into groups with one trying to forge an
attack and the other defending the coast.
The exercise was being held to test the security apparatus along the coast and to revalidate the standard operating procedures by way of carrying them out during attacks with a focus on protecting the vital installations located all along the coast.