RDX landing to sabotage BJP meet?

sandesh prabhudesai, panaji | 09 April 2002 17:33 IST

High alert has been sounded along the Konkan coast, fearing landing of RDX in view of sabotaging the three-day national executive meeting of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party being held in Goa from 12 April.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar today confirmed the news, stating that the naval authorities, coast guard as well as the customs officials are patrolling the whole coastal belt round the clock.

Security arrangements in the tourist state are expected to be tightened up with prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee arriving here in the afternoon of 12 April, to leave only on 14 April. Union home minister L K Advani as well as other central ministers will also attend the meet.

Reports reaching here from the Konkan region of Maharashtra indicate that a ship carrying huge amount of RDX has left Dubai, to reach here before the BJP meet begins. Quoting sources in the customs, some of the local newspapers have also reported that the ship is named as 'Ibrahimi'.

The authorities suspect that the RDX may be landed at one of the rocky beaches along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, as it is very close to Goa. Round-the-clock patrolling 10 kms inside the sea from the coast has thus begun, monitoring activities of ships in the sea.

While the authorities are reportedly taking trustworthy fishermen into confidence to alert them about any ship found to be moving in a suspicious manner in the sea, the officials have also been monitoring whether any shipping trawler is stocking more amount of diesel than required for their routin fishing trips.

Though it is tentatively decided that the prime minister will be staying put at the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, the BJP leaders here claim that security personnel have still not finalised one of three places they have identified.

Though most of the party delegates will be housed at Hotel Marriott Resort, where the meet will be held, important party dignitaries including central ministers however may stay at other places. The security personnel are also exploring the possibility of moving the PM by helicopter, avoiding the road routes, as far as possible.

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