High alert issued in TN, as intel says terrorists have entered

A high alert has been issued in Coimbatore and other parts of Tamil Nadu after a group of six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka, according to an intel input, said reports.

According to sources, the alert says that the group consists of one Pakistan national and five Sri Lankan Tamils. Based on this alert, Chennai has also increased it patrolling forces.

Following an order from Tamil Nadu Director General of Police J K Tripathy, police personnel have been put on high alert and checks are being conducted.

Earlier this month, a red alert was sounded at the Chennai Airport following a bomb threat. Security was intensified after an input was conveyed from New Delhi about a caller who warned of an explosion in the airport.

Security personnel conducted anti-sabotage check and enhanced armed guards at vantage points, reports, said, quoting police sources.

Chennai International Airport had informed travellers to arrive early amid a high-security alert. There already has been heightened bag-checking procedures put in place at the airport.

Earlier in May too, security was beefed up after a similar bomb threat, later found to be a hoax, was made to the Chennai airport.