India Markets closed

Sri Lanka serial blasts: India puts Navy and Coast Guard on vigil

Huma Siddiqui
Sri Lanka, serial blasts, India, Navy, Coast Guard, news

Security has been tightened along the Southern-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu after serial blasts in Sri Lanka.

Sources have confirmed to Financial Express Online that The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (CSG) and Tamil Nadu Marine Police have been asked to be vigilant, amidst concerns that the attackers and the planners of the blast in the neighbouring country may try to enter via sea route.

Both Indian Navy and ICG have intensified their patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line.

On Monday as many as 87 bomb detonators were found at a bus station in Colombo, a day after a series of blasts has killed 290 people, wounding more than 500 in the island nation. The bomb detonators were found at the Central Colombo bus station in Pettah area.

The blasts were targeted at churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka, in which 35 foreigners were killed including five Indians. Five -star hotels targeted included the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo and churches included St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa.

Sri Lanka has already imposed “conditional state of emergency” in an effort to target terrorism. After this announcement, both the Indian Navy, ICG have been asked to be more vigilant along the International Maritime Boundary, as the sea lanes could be used by the perpetrators to escape and enter India.

Read Also| Naval Commanders Conference to focus on niche technologies like AI and big data analytics

Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that so far seven Indians have been killed in the attacks and have been identified and named: PS Raseena, Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar, Ramesh, KG Hanumantharayappa, M Rangappa, Vemurai Tulsiram and SR Nagraj.

In March this year, both India and Sri Lanka Lanka coast guards agreed to cooperate closely in an effort to ensure coastal security and also to control any illegal activities along their maritime boundary.

There was also joint exercise between the two countries to build Military to Military co-operation and interoperability between the two armies will be conducted at Diyatalawa 1 Gemunu Watch (GW) camp premises.

The main aim of the exercise was to share knowledge on military tactics, experience, exchange of infantry technicalities, counter terrorism practices, long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP), small group operations, effective employment of infantry weapons, simulated attacks on terrorist hideouts, suicide bombing, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), etc.