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Security beefed up at Lankan deputy high commission

[TOI, Saturday, 3 January 2009 23:13 No Comment]

The city police have thrown in an extra layer of security around the Sri Lankan deputy high commission in Chennai soon after the Sri Lankan forces took over Kilinochchi, considered the political capital of LTTE in Sri Lanka.

"We have stepped up security measures near the Sri Lankan deputy high commission as a precautionary measure. However, we have not received any specific alert or threat," a senior police officer told TOI. Officials confirmed that security has been beefed up along the state’s coastline as well, especially in Rameswaram, the usual landing point of Sri Lankan refugees.

Indian Coast Guard, Navy and Coastal Security Group have been asked to keep a close watch on the occupants of all boats and vessels off the state’s coast.

"An alert on a possible influx of wounded LTTE cadres to Tamil Nadu was sounded after the fall of Kilinochchi and we have taken all measures to see that no LTTE member takes refuge in Tamil Nadu. Coastal areas are under round-the-clock surveillance and no boat will be allowed to land without a proper check," another senior police officer said.
Ramanathapuram superintendent of police K A Senthil Velan told TOI that arrangements have been made to track suspicious movements. "All hospitals in the district have been asked to report cases of people coming with injuries of a suspicious nature. So far we have not come across any such cases," he said.

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