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Goa cops ignored terror alert, govt should be dismissed: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Alleging that the police had ignored an alert issued by the (ICG) about a possible terror attack on the western coast, the today sought dismissal of the BJP-led

The opposition party said as Manohar Parrikar, who holds the Home portfolio, is in the US for a medical treatment, there is nobody to head the department.

"The (ICG) had issued terror alert last week, which was circulated to all the agencies. Although all the states like Maharashtra, and took all the precautions to avoid terror attacks, remained completely lethargic letting our coast porous," told reporters here.

"downplayed the alert claiming it to be 'Sagar Kavach', a mock drill exercise...This is a serious national issue. should dismiss the state government, which has played with the national security," he added.

The alleged that the state Home department was directionless in the absence of the heading it.

"During the last two months, we kept quiet considering that the CM is out of station due to his health issues. But the situation is turning grave now with the terror alerts being ignored by the state police," he said.

Chodankar also demanded that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) should issue a notice to the state police asking clarification on why they took the alert lightly and instead misled people by calling it as 'Sagar Kavach' exercise.

is a multi agency mock anti-terror exercise to check the preparedness of the state towards any such incident.

The ICG alert had expressed the possibility of terrorists boarding a fishing trawler at and entering the country via coastline.

After the alert was issued, Goa's Captain of Ports department had asked all the vessels including water sports operators to increase the vigil.

Despite repeated attempts, of Police (DGP) Muktesh Chander could not be contacted.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 15:20 IST