New Delhi, August 9: The Indian Navy has sounded an high alert along the 7,514 km coastline of India, notifying the government of a possible attempt by Pakistan-based terrorists to strike using the sea route. Intelligence agencies are more than vigilant as it is expected that non-state actors in Pakistan may pose an aggression in response to the revocation of special status in Jammu & Kashmir.
An official speaking to HT said the Navy is on a state of "heightened alert" on the eastern and western seaboards, as terror groups based in Pakistan had earlier used the sea route to unleash a fatal terror attack in India. Navy Launches 'Operation Sankalp' in Gulf for Indian Vessels' Security
The officer further added that surveillance has been escalated through radars along the coast, and key assets have been placed at crucial locations to keep a close tab.
According to reports, an intel input has been received regarding the alleged presence of Rauf Asghar, brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
Jaish has been involved in several cross-border terror strikes, including the 2001 parliament attack, the 2018 Uri military base attack and the suicide bombing in Pulwama on February 14 this year.
Meanwhile, the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed -- who is charged as the mastermind of 26/11 attacks in Mumbai -- has recently been jailed based on the case prepared against him by Pakistan's anti-terror agency.
Notably, the attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 was carried out by 10 terrorists who sneaked into the city along with arms using the sea route. They attacked railway stations, hotels and hospitals, and ended up killing 163 civilians and injured more than 300.