Security at India’s largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Mumbai Harbor has been beefed up following intelligence reports of possible strikes by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists in this area. Intelligence reports of possible strikes by Lashkar-e-Toiba have led to the security being beefed up at JNPT. A senior JNPT official informed the media that the port authority has taken major security measures along with CISF and the Navi Mumbai Police. A high-level meeting of JNPT officials with Coast Guards also took place to take stock of the situation. The threat has put Mumbai’s sensitive JNPT at Nhava Sheva on high alert. An email received by a private container liner on last week said some subversive elements or terror groups may take over oil tankers in the high seas, steer into the harbor and trigger explosions. The most worrying part for security agencies is the presence of large refineries and oil depots in the vicinity which could have disastrous consequences. Importantly, very large crude carriers like oil tankers load and unload their cargo in exclusive facilities created in the vicinity of JNPT. According to the official, the Navy and Coast Guard have set up a monitoring agency for security around the Butcher Island located off the coast of Mumbai in the vicinity of refineries and oil depots. Meanwhile, senior customs officers, on Friday, called an emergency meeting with all petroleum storage tank owners like IOC, ONGC, RIL, Bharat-Shell and asked them to beef up their security measures. Private security agencies hired by oil companies have also been briefed on the situation. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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