Island Intrusion: Possible Terrorist Threat

In India, Terrorism on May 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Somali Fishermen

News article in today’s Times of India states Somalis  in Lakshadweep trigger alarm bells. Indian Navy and Coast Guards have apprehended half a dozen Somali nationals with their boats in Lakshadweep islands over the last two days. Initial investigations have not revealed anything suspicious and in all probability they might be  genuine lost fishermen.

Notwithstanding the aforesaid, we should not take this apparently innocuous intrusion lightly. If half a dozen fishermen can make it to Lakshadweep islands, what prevents fully trained & motivated armed terrorists from invading far flung uninhabited Indian islands?

We must audit and review our existing island surveillance and domination plans as well as capabilities. If necessary additional resources in terms of  equipment and manpower should be deployed.Aerial surveillance and satellite imagery should be co opted  to ensure effective & fail proof plans.

It goes without saying that total integration of all resources and full coordination between all involved agencies will be the key to success.


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