NEW DELHI – The Indian government on Sunday rushed four teams of the National Security Guard to Gujarat and issued high alert following reports that 10 militants from several terror outfits had entered the state.
The Gujarat administration tightened security across the state, especially along its coastal belt, following a note by India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval about the possible infiltration.
The central advisory came after security forces along the borders reported five incidents of fishing boats being abandoned off the Kutch coast in the last three months, the latest being on Friday night.
Senior officials said three NSG teams were deployed in Ahmedabad and one at the Somnath temple, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.
“State has been put on high alert. The centre has sent NSG teams following our request. Investigation in connection with the found abandoned boats is in place,” Gujarat Home Minister Rajni Patel said.
“Security arrangements at all important installations across state have been beefed up after NSA Ajit Doval wrote to Gujarat in this regard,’’ said a top official as security forces were called back from leave.
Heavy patrolling and checking was also put in place at the inter-state border points with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Important monuments and pilgrimage centres like the Temple of Somnath, Dwarka Temple, Akashardham, power plants, defence, dams like Sardar Sarovar Dam and security establishments have also been put on alert.