The two-day ‘Operation Hamla 1 (OD) 2016 ’, a security drill, started here on Wednesday with the support of Indian Navy, Coast Guard ,Marine police , fishery department, customs and Paradip port trust. 

‘Operation Hamla 1 OD 2016’, the 48-hour security drill on land and sea was a virtual cat and mouse game, where the forces protected designated areas from being breached by undercover commandos who would act as terrorists. 

Three naval warships, three ships of coast guards, two ships of Paradip Marine police and two hi-speed power boats were engaged for the drill. 

As many as five platoons of force along with 50 officers, including 48 sub inspectors and assistant sub inspectors were present at the drill.

Five inspectors and two deputy superintendent of police were deployed along the coast. This was the ninth such exercise on the Odisha coast, which had earlier witnessed similar mock war drills in July 2009 and February ‘2010 and 2011. 

The two earlier operations were christened Operation Gauntlet, Operation Rakshak and Operation Hamala 1 and 2. 

The exercise is to facilitate to understand the coordinating capabilities of the stake holders or participating agencies and synergy amongst each other. 

Various real situations will be simulated to validate the coastal security mechanism. Assistant superintendent of police, Paradip Madhab Charan Sahu said the mock exercise is to provide impetus to curb the sensitive issues of armed piracy, to check the activities of ultras, robbery, at sea wherein, the safety and security of fishermen is a stake. 

It would also help in reassessing and fine tuning the standard operating procedures on coastal security in voicing many agencies. 

Lack of security along large stretches of Odisha&’s 480-km coastline makes it vulnerable to possible terrorist attacks. 

It is pertinent to note that vital security installations, including missile test ranges are situated along the coast in Balasore and Paradip Oil Refinery project of IOCL and Single Point Mooring System and other major industries in Paradip, the Jagannath temple at Puri are along the coast. 

Police personnel and coast guard personnel pressed into service and verified the identification of local fishermen. 

They also searched boats, vessels and other hide outs to trace the entry of terrorists in Paradip coast. Indian Coast Guard, Paradip has taken all preparatory measures for the success the security drill programme.