India bolsters security along Palk Strait, Gulf of Mannar
RAMESWARAM: Security along the Palk Straits and Gulf of Mannar has
been further strengthened in view of the ongoing battle between the Sri
Lankan Army and the LTTE, a top Indian naval official said yesterday.
Indian Naval Commander S R Shinde said the step would also ensure
that there was no infiltration of militants into Indian territory.
He said the radars monitoring movement of boats would be shifted from
Seeniappa Durgah here to Kudankulam as fishermen inadvertently cross the
international maritime boundary line (IMBL).
Shinde said he did not expect refugees to come to India as those
affected would move only within their territory to safer places. “The
Tamils may not opt to cross to India,” he said.
Indian Coast Guard Area Commander Janarthanan said that a fully
equipped mechanised patrolling vessel along with a hovercraft and two
helicopters would be assigned for security.