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Three more boats found abandoned off Tamil Nadu coast

[TOI, Friday, 5 December 2008 17:54 No Comment]

RAMESWARAM: Three more abandoned boats were found drifting in the coast on Friday raising suspicion among officials that the LTTE militants, involved in a fierce battle with Sri Lankan army in the island’s north, were sneaking into Tamil Nadu.

The boats found abandoned were located at Arichalmunai, Erandam and Moondram theedai. Earlier six boats, some with bullet marks and blood stains, were found abandoned off Rameswaram and Nagapattinam coasts on Thursday.

So many "mysterious" abandoned boats had been found. There was no chance for so many boats to drift to the Indian shores. The only possibility was that someone should have either come from Sri lanka or failed in their attempt to reach the island, police officials here said.

"If it is one or two boats, it is okay. But how can so many boats drift to the shore. It appears to be a case of infiltration," a top official of Tamil Nadu police said.

The recovery of eight abandoned boats inside a week should be taken seriously by naval and coastguard officials, he said.

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