Sabarimala under terrorist threat, says DGP

Sabarimala under terrorist threat, says DGP


Director General of Police Lokanath Behra has said security will be beefed up at Sabarimala, following an intelligence report that the shrine was under serious threat from terrorist groups and extremist organisations.

Various intelligence reports indicated that security would be a herculean task for Kerala police during the coming Mandalam season which begins from November 17.

A Special Commissioner’s report submitted in the High court indicates the possibilities of unrest and clash during the season. Behra said the new warning was based on the intelligence report prepared by several State and Central agencies.
It is feared that terrorists would enter the Sannidhanam under the pretext of devotees. The report also revealed that explosives might be brought through the State's coast. Police chiefs of coastal districts, state intelligence and special branch CID would be put on alert.

There was likelihood of explosives being brought in the ‘irumudikettu’, the pouch containing the offerings. Water tanks, electric connections, sanctum sanctorum, Malikappuram and Ganapathy temples and parking spots were possible soft targets for terrorists.

All material reaching Pampa would have to be checked thoroughly. Another issue would be checking of ID cards of pilgrims reaching Sannidhanam and identifying suspicious elements.