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Policemen check a vehicle after intel of Lashkar terrorists' intrusion, in Coimbatore, Friday, Aug 23, 2019. Image Credit: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra on Friday issued an urgent notice to all the police officials in the 14 districts asking them to be on high alert following an intelligence input.

An alert was issued in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu that six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered the state through Sri Lanka.

Behra has asked the police officials to be extra vigilant at bus stations, railway stations, airports, religious places and other sensitive areas as Kerala shares a border with Tamil Nadu at a few places.

As per the information, the group consists of one Pakistani national and five Sri Lankan Tamils.

Behra's notice states that residents should call 112 or the police control room at 0471 2722500, if they notice anything untoward.

Security has been beefed up in the border areas between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

High alert in TN after intel report

Security has been tightened in Tamil Nadu following an intelligence alert that six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have entered the state through Sri Lanka, the police said on Friday.

The group comprises one Pakistani national and five from Sri Lanka, the police said.

Speaking to mediapersons, Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan confirmed that an intelligence alert has been received that six Lashkar terrorists have entered Tamil Nadu, adding that storming operations may be carried out to nab the infiltrators.

The police are taking all steps to prevent any untoward incident, he said.

A red alert has been sounded in Coimbatore where the police suspect the terrorists might be holed up. The police are scanning the Coimbatore railway station with the help of sniffer dogs and also checking all departing trains.

The police have appealed to the public to inform them about movements of suspicious persons.

Yogi to attend Janmashatami? Security tightened in Mathura

With possibility of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath being present on Friday here for a grand Janmashtami celebration, security was further heightened following intelligence inputs that Afghan terrorists having entered through the UP-Nepal border.

This was the second terror alert in the day, after reports that six Lashkar-e-Taiba men have entered Tamil Nadu via Sri Lanka.

A senior police official said that the district officials in Mathura, Varanasi and Ayodhya have been asked to keep a cloase vigil.

Mathura, where Janamashtami celebrations have begun, is being given additional security for the festival.

As part of stringent security measures, platoons of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and 15 companies of paramilitary forces are being deployed in the state.

Talking about additional security measures, Inspector General (Law and Order), Praveen Kumar, said that there are instructions to keep an eye on temples and other religious places using security gadgets.

Police personnel have been told to remain pro-active in areas where a number of religious procession will be taken out as part of the celebrations.

Intelligence department has also been instructed to remain alert during the festive occasion, Kumar said.

A grand celebration, 'Shri Krishnotsav', is being organized on the occasion of Janamashtami in Mathura-Vrindavan from August 23 to 25.

Adityanath, BJP MP Hema Malini and state ministers were expected to take part in the celebrations.

A procession of around 1,000 artistes from different parts of the country has been planned.

Noted Bhajan singer Anup Jalota will also perform at the event on August 25. A grand 'Dahi Handi' will also be held by a team from Mumbai.