JeM threat: Only 12 CSG boats to guard 1,076 km TN coastline

Even as the Indian Navy issued a warning about a possible underwater terror strike by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the Coastal Security Group (CSG) of Tamil Nadu police, the first line of Marine defence in the state, is struggling with just 12 boats to man the 1,076 km porous coastline.
JeM threat: Only 12 CSG boats to guard 1,076 km TN coastline

Chennai

Though CSG officers claimed that the force is prepared to face any kind of challenge, lack of operational boats and manpower still remains as a major concern.

The CSG has been waiting for nearly a year to receive 20 high power and modern interceptor boats that they were promised. Of the 21 existing boats, only 12 are currently operational. With at least nine vessels still under repair, CSG is expected to guard 12 nautical miles into the sea from the 1,076-km coastline.

The department also faces a shortage of marine police stations as of the 40, only 27 are currently operational.

“Patrolling has been increased in the last four days since the alert about possible infiltration of LeT militants to TN from Lanka via sea route. Stringent checking of vehicles is on at all check posts set up by the CSG,” a senior CSG officer said, but added that these posts are manned by personnel from Tamil Nadu special police battalions.

“We are confident of our intelligence network system cultivated with the help of fishermen from fishing hamlets in the coastal area and they are trained to tip-off any unusual activities, if they notice any,” the officer claimed.

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