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The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has decided to intensify air and sea surveillance along the coastline to thwart smuggling activities to Sri Lanka and prevent infiltration of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants into Indian trritorial waters in the wake of escalation of battle between the Lankan forces and the LTTE.

A senior official of the ICG, who did not want to be named told UNI that a decision to this effect was taken at a high-level ‘Special Coastal Meeting’ held in Ramanathapuram for the first time following increase in smuggling activities to Sri Lanka from the coastal villages of Tamil Nadu.

Considering Ramanathapuram town’s close proximity to Sri Lanka, it was decided to further tighten inshore and onshore coastal security, supported by air and sea surveillance by the ICG and Indian Navy, he said.

The meeting chaired by ADGP of ICG Jegan Mohan Seshadri reviewed the security of the 1076 mile long coastline in Tamil Nadu. It was decided to intensify surveillance in 21 unmanned islands between Sri Lanka and India to prevent the activities of anti-social elements and also over the 591 coastal villages and hamlets in Tamil Nadu.

The State police have been advised to properly screen the Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, as there was possibility of LTTE militants sneaking into the State in the guise of refugees.

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