JeM conducting training for underwater attack: Navy Chief

Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh Monday said that the Indian Navy has received intelligence inputs of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists being trained for an underwater attack. He, however, said that the forces are all on high alert and have a complete track of things, assuring that no attack will take place.

“We have received an intelligence that an underwater wing of Jaish-E-Mohammad is training people to carry out attacks from water. but we are fully prepared and are keeping close vigil. We would like to assure people that we will thwart any such attempt,” Admiral Singh told reporters.

The Navy chief was in Pune to deliver a lecture on the topic ‘Indian Ocean – Changing Dynamic – Maritime Security Imperatives for India’ as part of the series held in the memory of late General BC Joshi, the 17th Chief of Army Staff of India.

Adm Singh said that after the 26/11 attack of 2008, coastal security construct was put in place and Navy is overall in-charge of maritime security. “Indian Navy along with Coast Guard, maritime police, the state government and other stakeholders are making sure that there will not be any intrusion from the sea.” He said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had said that the Indian Air Force is also “cautious and alert” to face any situation on the border.

“We have seen their deployment. Indian Air Force is always cautious. We are responsible for air defence and we are always alert,” Dhanoa told reporters on being asked about the situation at the Indo-Pak border. “Not only about any enemy fighter but we also keep an eye on civilian aircraft so that incidents like Purulia airdrop do not happen,” he added.

India and Pakistan have exchanged heavy firing along the Line of Control (LoC) ever since the Centre scrapped special status to Jammu and Kashmir by removing Article 370 and bifurcating the state into two union territories.