Panaji, April 7: The Goa government has issued a warning to all vessels operating off the coast. The warning comes in the wake of intelligence information of terrorists using the sea route to arrive in the state. Goa Ports Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar told news agency PTI that the Coast Guard had shared an intelligence input about a possible attack on the Western coast. Salgaonkar said that all barges and water sports operators had been warned since terrorists could arrive aboard a fishing trawler.

“The alert is not specific to Goa. It can even be to Gujarat or Mumbai coast but we have alerted the concerned agencies,” the Minister is reported to have said. He said, “A fishing trawler from India was seized in Pakistan but it has been released since. There is intelligence input that on its way back, it will carry terrorists.”

Meanwhile, the letter Captain of Ports James Braganza says, “Have received input from the District Coast Guard that anti-national elements have boarded an apprehended an Indian fishing boat in Karachi and (are) likely to land on Indian coast and attack vital installations…all vessels to increase security and report any sighting or untoward activity to the concerned authorities.” The letter has been marked to state Chief Secretary as well.

Just a couple of days ago, the Counter-Intelligence Wing of Punjab police had caught a highly educated, radicalised, youth, with explosives in his car. The youth, Inderjit, had been contacted by Pakistan’s ISI and was learning to make Improvised Explosive Devices and was assigned the task of carrying out explosions in the state.