High alert after terror warning to TN, caller tells cops 19 terrorists present in Ramanathapuram

A high alert has been sounded across Tamil Nadu, after Karnataka DG-IGP Neelmani N Raju on Friday wrote to his counterparts in six states and an Union Territory after receiving a warning of terror attacks.

In the letter, Raju said the Karnataka police received an anonymous phone call, in which the caller, a man, claimed to have information about terror attacks in cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa and Maharashtra.

The caller according to the Karnataka DG-IGP, further claimed that the attacks will take place in trains. The letter by the Karnataka police official also intimated the presence of 19 terrorists in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram.

The alert comes at a time when security and intelligence agencies are concerned about the existence of sleeper cells on Indian soil that could be linked to the group that carried out bombings in Sri Lanka, where 253 people were killed on Sunday during Easter celebrations.

A caller claiming to be a lorry driver said major cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra and Puducherry would be hit by terror attacks… (which) will take place on trains, said the letter issued by Karnataka director general of police.

“He also claimed that there are 19 terrorists present at Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu,” the letter added. “The input has put all the respective states under high vigil. Police personnel have been deployed immediately in large numbers in every nook and corner of the states.

It could be a hoax caller as well but we don’t want to take any chance. We have made necessary security arrangements,” said a senior police official.

Ramanathapuram is few kilometres west of Rameswaran on the east coast, which is a short nautical distance from Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu too issued alerts to district and coastal security officials.