After receiving input from the Indian Coast Guard about possible infiltration attempts, fishermen operating along the state’s coastline have been asked to stay alert and inform the authorities about any suspicious person or boat.
The Porbandar office of assistant director of fisheries has written a letter to the fishermen association sharing the input with them. The association has been informed that anti-national elements may try to attack or infiltrate along the coast in May.
In the wake of these inputs, the department has asked fishermen to remain vigilant and inform the local marine police or Coast Guard if they see any suspicious activity, person or boat near any landing point along the coast. Fishermen can call the toll-free numbers of the marine police and coast guard, the letter stated.
The department has also asked boat owners to ensure that fishermen wear their identity cards and venture into the sea with their original documents.
Fishermen were also directed to avoid getting close to the International Maritime Boundary Line or No Fishing Zone.
“Advisories are issued to the associations whenever the Coast Guard shares such inputs. We then pass on this information to our fishermen and ask them to remain alert,” Jivan Jungi, president of Fishermen Boat Owners’ Association was quoted as saying by a news agency.