Kolkata has been put on high alert after intelligence agencies warned the police on Tuesday about a possible terror attack in the capital of West Bengal.
BN Mahato, senior Indian coast guard official told TeCake “We have received a fax on Tuesday afternoon from central intelligence agencies warning of the possibility of a terror attack in Kolkata, especially in the port area.” “We have deployed hovercraft to intensify night-long vigil in the Bay of Bengal,” he said.
Two naval ships — INS Sumitra and INS Khukhri — docked at the Kolkata port have been withdrawn as per the warnings and by the declaration of an emergency in the port area. There is a high probability of an attack on the port side area. The ships that are docked out there are made to stay there until November 6th, 2014, as a part of navy week celebrations.
Kolkatta Police Comissioner Surojit Karpurakayastha said that the forces has been deployed in the port areas and other parts of the city. “Police were acting on the basis of the central intelligence agencies’ alert,” he said.
“They had come there as part of preparations for the navy week exercise and moved out of the port for some prior operational reasons,” spokesman DK Sharma told “Like every year, the ships will return as and when the opportunity exists.”
According to the officials, the threat is from Pakistan and all the measures have been taken to take care of the situation. According to a defence statement issued on Tuesday, “The alacrity by which Indian warships are ready for operations at a short notice was demonstrated by the quick turnaround of the two visiting warships – INS Khukri and INS Sumitra – that had just berthed at Kidderpore yesterday, amply showcasing Indian Navy’s prompt readiness as the two warships are set to sail out within hours of a recall to the sea for undisclosed ‘operational reasons’ on orders by Eastern Naval Command HQ.”