AGENCY Kochi/Coimbatore: A man suspected to have links with terror outfits was on Saturday taken into custody from a Kerala court premises, while three people have been detained in Coimbatore in connection with the reported intrusion of six Lashkar-e-Taiba members into Tamil Nadu. The three were taken into custody for interrogation on suspicion that they were in touch with terrorists and are being interrogated at an undisclosed place, police said in Coimbatore, as strict vigil continued in various parts of Tamil Nadu for the second day on Saturday. In Kerala, a man suspected to have links with terror outfits was taken into custody by police from the premises of a court at Kochi, sources said.
Malayalam Television news channels aired video of the man being whisked away by police from the district court premises. Police did not answer queries by the media.
His lawyer told a channel that the man from Kodungallur in Thrissur district, who returned from Bahrain two days ago, and a woman were picked up by police as they came to the court to move a plea to “prove his innocence” before law enforcement agencies following reports that he had links with LeT members who had reportedly intruded into Tamil Nadu from neighbouring Sri Lanka.
The Tamil Nadu commando force carried out a flag march at Mettupalayam, about 35 km from Coimbatore, to instil confidence in people about security.
Armed forces were deployed at temples, mosques and churches, which were normally targeted by terrorists as was done in Sri Lanka recently, police sources said.
A Madurai report said coastal area security had been already tightened and the Indian navy and coastguard were closely monitoring the Gulf of Mannar and Palk strait.
Security was also tightened at Madurai airport.
Tight security would be in place till August 31, police said, adding that visitors would not be allowed into the airport till then.
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