Indian Coast Guard On Alert To Stop Attackers From Fleeing Lanka, Says Sources

Indian Coast Guard On Alert To Stop Attackers From Fleeing Lanka, Says Sources

Indian Coast Guard On Alert To Stop Attackers From Fleeing Lanka, Says Sources

New Delhi: The sources in the centre said that the Indian Coast Guard has been placed on high alert along the maritime border to prevent any attempt by those behind the Sri Lanka blasts to enter India.

This comes hours after the government of Sri Lanka had declared that a local Islamic extremist group -- the National Thowheeth Jama'ath -- may be behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people on Easter Sunday. 

It was also reported that those behind the attack may try to escape the island nation by sea. 

According to news agency ANI, a number of ships and Dorniers -- aircraft used to conduct maritime surveillance -- have been deployed to identify suspicious boats on Indian waters.

Indian Coast Guard On Alert To Stop Attackers From Fleeing Lanka, Says Sources

Maithripala Srisena, the President of Sri Lanka has declared a nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday. "The government has decided to gazette the clauses related to prevention of terrorism to emergency regulation and gazette it by midnight," his media unit said. It clarified that the measure would be confined to dealing with terrorism, and not impinge on the people's freedom of expression.from 8 pm on Monday to 4 am the next day.

Not much is known about the National Thowheeth Jama'ath, which has until now been linked only with instances of vandalism involving Buddhist statues. Authorities are investigating if "international" elements had helped carry out the attacks.

(With inputs from Agencies)