A high alert has been sounded on the Kerala coast after some intelligence reports suggested that boats allegedly carrying 15 Islamic State Terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to the Lakshadweep islands. According to some highly placed resources in the police department, the coastal police stations and coastal district police chiefs have been alerted.
Commenting on the development, a top police source said they have specific information about the number.
"Such alerts are usual practice but this time we have a specific information about the number. We have alerted the coastal police stations and the police chiefs of coastal districts to be on alert in case of any sighting of suspicious vessels," he said.
The coastal police department said it was on alert since May 23, the day alert came from Sri Lanka.
"We were on alert since the Sri Lankan attack took place. We have also alerted the fishing vessels and others venturing into the sea to be cautious of suspicious activities," coastal department sources confirmed.
Kerala was on alert after serial explosions ripped through Sri Lanka on Easter day. Investigations by the NIA had also revealed that Islamic State operatives had planned attacks in the state.
Intelligence agencies believe that a considerable number of Keralities are still with the ISIS which was recently wiped out from Iraq and Syria.
Sri Lanka witnessed a deadly terror attack on April 21 when eight blasts rocked the Island nation killing over 250 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.