In the second such incident this week, an abandoned plastic boat was found in sea off Naduthurai near here, keeping the intelligence officials on their tenterhooks. On November 19, a boat with bullet marks was seized at Kambipadu near Dhanushkodi.
The spotting of the abandoned boats is raising concern, an IB official said adding if militants (LTTE) had come by the boats they would have gone into the vast stretches of casurina jungle between Pamban and Dhanushkodi.
“It is quite possible.. they (the LTTE militants) would have taken the jungle route, as they were the only persons thorough with the casurina jungle,” the official said.
Incidentally, some months ago, diesel and chemical cans and boat engines etc were found from the jungles.
The official also criticised the government’s move to close the Naval camp situated at Arichalmunai and said that the navy men at the camp used to keep a 24 hour watch on the coast.
A CRPF check post situated at the Dhanushkodi also had been closed. There was only one policeman monitoring the coast in the region, the official said.
Meanwhile, the coastguard had deployed one more ship to patrol the south sea. Besides the navy had established a new Forward Observation Post (FOP) at Seeniappa Dharga near Mandapam.
The post, which would have marine commandos and craft, was in addition to a FOP located at Mukundarayar Chattiram.
But Coastal security officials want the FOP to be shifted to Arichalmunai, as the present one had proved to be ineffective with the sighting of the two abandoned boats.