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Kolkata on high alert after intelligence agencies warn of possible terror attack

PTI 04 Nov 2014, 19:25:08 PM IST
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Kolkata: Central intelligence agencies have alerted Kolkata police about the possibility of a terror attack in the city, especially in the port area, a senior official of Kolkata police said on Tuesday.

"We have received inputs from central intelligence agencies that there might be a terror attack in Kolkata, especially in port area. We have increased security in the port area and have put the entire city under security blanket," a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity.

According to the input, terrorists might carry out an attack in port area and may also use small boats to carry out the attack, he added.

Two Naval ships called back for operational reasons

Meanwhile, two Navy warships, which were scheduled to be berthed at Khidderpore dock here till November 7 for public visits, were on Tuesday withdrawn to the sea for undisclosed 'operational reasons,' a defence ministry official said.

The recall of warships INS Khukri and INS Sumitra came in the backdrop of the alert by central intelligence agencies to the Kolkata police about the possibility of a terror attack in the city, especially in the port area.

Asked whether the recall of ships is due to the terror alert by central intelligence agencies, Defence CPRO Group Captain TK Singha said "no, it has nothing to do with any terror alert. The recall of ships is strictly due to operational reasons."

A Defence press statement issued here said "the alacrity by which Indian warships are ready for operation at a short notice was demonstrated by the quick turnaround of the two visiting warships — INS Khukri and INS Sumitra — which had just berthed at Kidderpore on Monday, 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, today."

According to the statement, the warships were scheduled to berth here till Friday, enabling the public to visit the ships on Wednesday and Thursday.