Rama Setu: national security

Rama Setu: national security

LTTE shifting operations to Kerala coast

PTI | Kochi

Posted online: November 26, 2007 (Delhi, Pioneer)

With its movement restricted on the Tamil Nadu coast due to constant surveillance by navy and coastguard, the LTTE has started shifting its operations to the Kerala coast, a top Naval official on Monday said.

The Sri Lankan forces have understood LTTE’s tactics and the Indian Navy has increased vigil on the Tamil Nadu coast, making it virtually impenetrable, Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval command, Vice Admiral Sunil K Damle said.

Now attempts are being made by the LTTE to slowly use Kerala coast for smuggling arms and ammunition and drugs. Efforts are also being made by other terrorist organisations to use Malabar as a landing point for RDX, Damle told reporters.

Citing instances of LTTE’s illegal activities in Kerala waters recently, including when the outfit allegedly seized a fishing vessel between Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, for its clandestine activities, the Vice Admiral said “this is just the beginning of infiltration.”

Another militant organisation, which had smuggled in RDX through the Konkan coast, was now trying to bring it in through the Malabar coast. “We were told that some attempts had been made in the Malabar coast,” he added.



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