Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 25 November
After the 26/11 attacks in 2008, the central government made several reforms to tighten coastal security.
On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Mumbai attacks, ICG Director General K Natarajan said the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has conducted over 300 coastal security exercises and operations since 2009 in coordination with the coastal state authorities.
Indian Coast Guard has conducted more than 300 exercises since 2009
In the last 2 years, 3.5 tonnes of narcotic substances coming by sea were seized
He said the force now deploys around 40-44 ships and 10-12 aircraft to patrol the seas around India to maintain vigil on a daily basis. As a result of its intensive patrolling in the coastal areas, in the last two years, the ICG has seized more than 3.5 tonnes of drugs coming by sea route. The Coast Guard is working closely with several agencies.
In November 2008, 10 terrorists entered India by sea from Pakistan and targeted several locations including the Taj Hotel, Nariman House and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. At least 166 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in the attacks that lasted four days.