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Vigil stepped up along T.Nadu Coast

[Hindu, Wednesday, 7 January 2009 07:54 No Comment]

Vigilance along the southern coast of Tamil Nadu has been stepped up by the state police in collaboration with other security agencies to prevent possible infiltration of LTTE cadres in the wake of the fall of the outfit’s de facto capital Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka.

 

Highly placed police sources ruled out any security threat to the state and said police and other agencies have been asked to be on "alert", step up vigilance and monitor the situation closely.

 

"Right now, there is no security threat to the state… however, we have asked the police and other agencies to be on alert and post more police personnel in the coastal areas such as Rameswaram, which are in close proximity to Sri Lanka," the sources told PTI.

 

Coast Guard officials confirmed that the agency had stepped up vigilance in the wake of the recent development. "We have increased patrolling to ensure extra vigilance," a Coast Guard official said without elaborating.

 

Even as it is widely believed that LTTE chief V Prabhakaran had been on the run with the Sri Lankan security forces intensified their offensives after capturing Kilinochchi last week, observers here said the outfit might still regroup.

 

A former IB official, on condition of anonymity, said the recent blast at Colombo that killed three persons could be "diversionary tactics" by the banned organisation as the "force may resort to more such attacks" trying to regroup.

 

"The organisation could go into hibernation as part of the regrouping process even as its sleeper cells may get activated to carry out attacks," he said.

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