Pamban: After stepping up vigil for ‘Operation Sagar Kavach’, the Marine Police of the Coastal Security Group (ICG) arrested 10 terrorists who tried to infiltrate the coastal district via the sea route with plans to attack the historic Rameswaram temple and the Mandapam Station of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) among other targets.

Gearing up for the two-day operation on Thursday and Friday, special teams of Marine Police, led by superintendent of police Jayanthi and inspector of police Kanagaraj, arrested 10 terrorists on the high seas off Pamban on Thursday morning.

They were patrolling the seashore when they sighted a vessel, moving in a suspicious manner and rounded up the boat.

The suspected terrorists were supposed to land at Pamban seashore and attack the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram and Navapashanam sea temple at Devipattinam, SP Jayanthi said.

In the second operation, a team of Marine Police arrested four terrorists who landed at Thangachimadam seashore at 5.30 pm.

They were about to attack the Mandapam station of ICG, the television tower in Rameswaram and Pamban Rail Bridge, when the Marine Police detained them.

“In the third operation, Commandos from Chennai arrested two terrorists at the Rameswaram bus stand who were carrying bombs and a box containing deadly RDX explosives,” a police officer said.

“They were to attack the Food Corporation of India (FCI) godown,” he added.

The officer also stated that there was no infiltration on Thursday and the Marine Police kept vigil till the operation ended at 6 pm. 

Four police sub inspectors and about 40 marine policemen were involved in the successful operation.