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Inspector General of Police inaugurates workshop in Tuticorin

Inspector General of Police (South Zone) Sanjeev Kumar has said that security threats to a country or an organisation should not be viewed in isolation. It should be thwarted through concerted efforts of various stakeholders.

He was inaugurating a workshop on `Changing security threat perception' organised by Heavy Water Plant, Tuticorin, a unit under the Department of Atomic Energy, in Tuticorin on 28th March.

Mr. Kumar said that a better "integrated approach" should be evolved by intelligence agencies such as Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to tackle cross border terrorism.

The agencies should join hands to compile information on security threats they gathered from different sources, instead of trying to compete with one another.

"This would avoid duplication of information," he said.

Security agencies should be vigilant in southern districts of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli as a lot of vital installations such as Heavy Water Plant, Coast Guard station and Port are present in Tuticorin and Nuclear Power Plant is fast coming up at Koodankulam (Tirunelveli district).

Mr. Kumar said that security along Tuticorin and Ramanthapuram districts were tightened in the wake of recent developments in Sri Lanka.

"We have formed 21 special squads in Tuticorin district and 16 more in Ramanathapuram district to prevent smuggling of contraband to Sri Lanka and infiltration," he said.

Besides, plans are afoot to establish a total of five marine police stations in Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Kanyakumari districts.

"They will come up at Tharuvaikulam (Tuticorin), Koodankulam (Tirunelveli), Devipattinam and Mandapam (Ramanthapuram) and Coalchel (Kanyakumari)," he said.

The police are maintaining a tight vigil at the refugee camps in Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts.

The General Manager of HWP, Tuticorin, V.V.S. Rama Rao, said that security has become complex in the wake of technological revolution.

"Though high security measures at vital installations might cause some displeasure among certain sections of people, it is essential for the economic growth of the country."

Source: The Hindu

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