On Thursday, the Coimbatore City Police received intelligence inputs about six LeT terrorists who have come into Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka. A portion of the alert issued by an undisclosed agency to the officers read: “…a group of six LeT terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka. The group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamil Muslims.”
Coimbatore district, in Tamil Nadu, India, beefed up security following intelligence inputs said that six LeT (Lashkar-e-Taliba) terrorists had entered Tamil Nadu. Two suspects detained in Coimbatore until now.
Just a day after a ‘Red alert’ was sounded in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district following intelligence inputs of six LeT terrorists’ entry into the state through Sri Lanka, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts have also heightened security precautions. Important places of interest have been provided with security cover with key localities coming under the police radar.
According to one report in The Hindu, special police teams have been deployed to provide security for the Vellore Fort, a famous 16th-century structure, as well as the Jalakandeswarar Temple in the vicinity. Security checks are also being carried in busy junctions like Katpadi, Arakkonam and Jolarpet. With ‘storming operations’ being undertaken by the police, personnal belongings to the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) inspected the Vellore old bus terminus, Golden Temple and the Sripuram Hospital.
Notably, the famous Arunachaleswarar temple in the district has been placed under three-tier security cover. Sibi Chakravarthy, Superintendent of Police, Tiruvannamalai told The New Indian Express that all four gates to the Arunachaleswarar temple have been brought under strict vigil. “Visiters are being frisked, baggage is being checked. Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad men are also pressed into service in the temple premises,” he said.
In addition, to tighten security at airports and railway stations, vehicle checks and random check posts were put in place in crowded places in the region. Multiple Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) were stationed at strategic points.
The police on Saturday picked up two persons for questioning, suspecting them of having links with a potential suspect connected to the terror alert issued before.
The two persons, one from Chennai and other from Coimbatore, are being interrogated at an undisclosed location, according to the sources.
“They are being questioned for suspected links with a person from Thrissur district, who was picked up by the police in Kochi on Saturday,” said an official.
The Thrissur native, who worked in Bahrain, is believed to have connections with the six LeT men.
Kerala police have also detained a woman associated with the suspect.
Meanwhile, the city police and teams of the Tamil Nadu Commando Force conducted combing operations in various parts of Coimbatore on Saturday.