Operation Sagar Kavach: Indian Marine authorities form groups in coastal security drill in Thoothukudi

Thoothukudi: The Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police, along with the Fisheries department and Intelligence Bureau carried out a 36-hour-long drill as part of Operation Sagar Kavach in Thoothukudi. This was part of a 36-hour-long drill to analyse and strengthen the security of the coastal zones across Tamil Nadu.

The security drill began at 6am on Friday (July 19) with the authorities divided into two teams – one team posing as terrorists who infiltrate, while another forms the defence team.

Fake bombs were also planted, and dummy weapons were hidden for the defence team to find.

“The police have been conducting random vehicle checks and most government offices have stepped up security. Many employees were asked to show their identity cards at the entrance,” a police source said.

Security and patrolling along the coastal region in Cuddalore, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Nagapattnam was increased in order to prevent ‘infiltration’.

The exercise, which concludes tomorrow, helps re-evaluate security procedures and preparedness.

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