Even as the threat of terror looms large on the world, and the global forces prepare themselves for asymmetric warfare, experts fear that terrorists might use new tricks. One of them might be hijacking of tanker merchant vessels and using them as weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “Countries need to brace themselves for such threats,” Deepak Shetty, Director General of Shipping and Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Shipping, said. He was addressing a select gathering of Indian Naval officers and intelligensia at the Maritime History Society’s seminar on ports of India. He also expressed fear of cyberjacking.
But top sources in the Indian Navy told this correspondent that the government already has a contingency plan in place for such an eventuality. A committee called the Committee of Secretaries on Anti-Piracy and Hijacking (COSAPH) at sea has been put in place.
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