Navy Pulls out Warships after Kolkata Port gets Terror Alert

  • A security scare has gripped Kolkata after central intelligence agencies warned of a probable terror strike in the port area by a Pakistan-based terror outfit between
  • November 4 and 7.
  • The security shakedown, after the alert issued by RAW, even led the Navy to sail out its two warships from the Kidderpore dock on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
  • Warships are the safest in the open seas, capable of defending themselves. Corvette INS Khukri and offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra had docked at the port for three days in view of the Navy Day celebrations, with the plan being to open them for visits and public viewing.
  • But the only ones to benefit were 60 street children and orphans, who visited the warships just before the alarm was sounded on.
  • Though the Navy officially maintained the two warships had been recalled to sea for operational requirements the intelligence input was the actual trigger for the move.
  • The alert was that the terror strike may have been planned by the ISI with help from the Pakistan Navy .
  • It also came in the backdrop of both the recent Burdwan blasts as well as the attempt by al-Qaida's Indian sub-continent wing to hijack a Pakistani frigate PNS Aslat at Karachi in September with the ostensible purpose to use it against Indian warships.
  • Information was received that a strike has been planned on Kolkata port to try and destroy or cripple the two warships.
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which handles port security has been alerted.
  • Haldia port, too, has been alerted.
  • There has been an alert from the CISF headquarters in Delhi.
  • Co ordination has is being carried on by all agencies and necessary steps have been taken
  • Both the Centre and West Bengal government are currently working with great alacrity to neutralize the widespread network of the country.
  • Had the same alertness been shown a year ago when Bangladesh began sending a series of inputs to India about JMB setting up bases in West Bengal things perhaps would not have been as bad.
  • Bangladesh has been sending regular inputs about JMB setting up bases in West Bengal ever since unrest over war crimes tribunal orders began in that country.
  • JMB has been exerting influence in border districts of West Bengal since 2006, it was only in the past couple of years that it started recruiting furiously, establishing modules and making a large number of bombs.