Tiger air, sea power worries India
National Security Advisor says India has enhanced
INDIA: India is “concerned” by the air and sea capabilities of
the LTTE, a top Indian official said yesterday.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan called the Tigers
a terrorist organisation, saying: “We are always concerned about their
air and sea capabilities.”
He said the Sea Tigers “are a threat; otherwise why should we
increase (Indian) patrolling” in the sea dividing India and Sri Lanka.
Narayanan said the Centre would take all necessary steps including
enhancing security to protect Tamil Nadu fishermen from attacks on the
“We will have to start coordinated patrolling,” Narayanan told
Narayanan, who was with the chief minister for about 20 minutes,
added that coordinated Naval patrolling between India and Sri Lanka in
the sea that divides them was yet to start, Indo-Asian News Service
Asked if Karunanidhi had any objection to such patrolling, Narayanan
replied: “I don’t find any problems for that.”
About coordinated patrolling, he said the opinion of the Lanka was
also required in this regard and “I do not think there is any problem
from our side”.
To a question whether new Delhi planned to step up assistance to the
Sri Lankan defence forces to tackle LTTE, he said, “Ask the political
Karunanidhi, who later spoke briefly to journalists, however, denied
discussing the issue of “coordinated patrolling” with Narayanan.
The chief minister, who is here to attend a meeting of the National
Development Council, said Narayanan called on him to discuss the
problems faced by the Tamil Nadu fishermen — on the suggestion of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.
The chief minister said Narayanan would travel to Chennai again to
take forward their discussions on the security situation related to Sri
Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathi was present during the
Narayanan, an Indian Police Service officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, has
in recent times come under attack in the Tiger media on charges of
pursuing a tough line vis-a-vis the LTTE.