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Security beefed up along coast in Ramanathapuram district

hindu logoRAMANATHAPURAM, August 15, 2011

Coastal security has been beefed up in Ramanathapuram district in view of the Independence Day celebration scheduled for Monday.

The coastal security agencies such as the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Security Group (CSG) and the marine police wing of the State police have been alerted to step up vigil along the coast so to monitor suspicious elements and boats.

The vessels of CSG based at Mandapam and Devipattinam have been order to operate round-the-clock. Officials said that movement of suspicious boats would be monitored and the crew would be questioned. The fishermen along the coast had also been asked to inform movement of suspicious persons.

Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ramanathapuram range), said that intensive patrolling had been undertaken along the coast from Valinokkam to Thondi. Anti-sabotage checks with the involvement of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad would be undertaken in several areas. Police force had been strengthened in bus stands, railway stations and places of public congregation. Policemen had been directed to conduct surprise checks at lodges. All policemen had been instructed to be on the alert. Armed Reserve policemen had been kept ready for deployment at any given time in the troubled areas.

Vital installations such as Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, Pamban bridge, Collectorate, Vazhuthur power plant, Erwadi Dargah, temples in Uthirakosamangai and Thiruppulani had been given police protection. Close coordination would be maintained with the coastal security agencies.

Superintendent of Police Panneerselvam said that vehicle-checks would be conducted to keep tabs on suspicious elements.

Shri Sandeep Mittal, an IPS Officer of 1995 Batch, completed B. Sc. (Honours) Geology with University Gold Medal and M.Sc. Applied Geology with University Gold Medal, both from University of Delhi. He earned Degree of Master’s in Police Management from Osmania University, Diploma in Cyber Security and Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics from Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar . He is a Postgraduate in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance from Cranfield University, UK. He conducted a number of experiments in people friendly policing to bridge the divide between police and public. He headed the Security of Asia Pacific’s largest prison i.e. Tihar Prisons, New Delhi. While serving in Narcotics Control Bureau under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as Zonal Director he was instrumental in liquidating a number of National and International drug syndicates and developed his skills in cyber crime investigation. He is a Chevening Cyber Security Fellow, UK; a Commonwealth Scholar in Internet Law & Policy a t University of Strathclyde, UK; an Associate of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and a Life Member of United Services Institution of India, New Delhi; Indian Society of Criminology, India and Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He is member, Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Criminology and Criminalistics, a peer reviewed journal. He has published research papers in reputed peer reviewed Journals.

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