Centre to Enhance Kerala’s Coastal Security

Thiruvananthapuram: India’s Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, said that the Centre would provide funds for enhancing the coastal security of southern state Kerala. Talking to media after reviewing the overall law and order situation with state officials in the city, he said that funds would be made available from the Police Modernisation Fund for buying more vehicles and patrol boats.

Ahir lauded the Kerala government for ensuring a good policing system. He pointed out that the Community Police system was much helpful against radicalisation drive among the youth. In reply to a question, Ahir said that a report has been sought from the state government on the political violence and murders in the state.

He said that the three southern states, – Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have Maoist presence. On youths joining the Islamic State (IS), Ahir said that reports of 22 people joining the terror organisation have come out and no more cases have been reported till now.

Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Home, Paul Antony, State Police Chief Loknath Behra and other officials attended the review meeting.

Later, Ahir called on the Kerala Governor Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam at the Raj Bhavan.

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