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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Tamil Nadu will not allowed to be used as a base by the LTTE – vows Indian defense minister Antony

By Walter Jayawardhana

Trivandapuram, 02 May, (Asiantribune.com): Speaking from the Kerala state capital of Trivandapuram,, India’s Minister of Defense A. K. Antony categorically stated that the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would not be allowed to operate from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.A.K.Antony : "We are giving high priority to the coastal security. This will be done in three levels with the involvement of the Navy, the Coast Guard and coastal police of the states concerned." A.K.Antony : "We are giving high priority to the coastal security. This will be done in three levels with the involvement of the Navy, the Coast Guard and coastal police of the states concerned."

"We will not allow the LTTE to function in Tamil Nadu. Indian soil will not be allowed to be used as base by any terrorist organization," said Antony.

Speaking in the backdrop of the terrorist organization’s nascent air wing bombing Colombo, including a petroleum facility run as a joint venture of the Indian government the Indian Defense Minister said his country was watching the situation in Sri Lanka closely, especially in the wake of recent air strikes by LTTE.

The LTTE is the only terrorist group in the world who are running an air wing in the world. Anyway, India has failed to condemn the bombing and the killings and abductions of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the LTTE, reportedly under the influence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

Antony said that surveillance and security had been stepped up in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Earlier on the same day of May 1 speaking at another Kerala city of Kollam Antony said as India viewed internal developments in neighboring Sri Lanka seriously, coastal security had been stepped up in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

He further added, India viewed the situation in Sri Lanka seriously especially in the wake of recent air strikes by LTTE near Colombo.

Considering the southern peninsula's proximity to the island nation, monitoring along the Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts had been beefed up.

"We are giving high priority to the coastal security. This will be done in three levels with the involvement of the Navy, the Coast Guard and coastal police of the states concerned," he said.

All the coastal states had been asked to set up coastal police stations and Kerala and Tamil Nadu had already taken steps in this regard.

As part of strengthening the coastal surveillance and security in the south, more radar would be installed to closely monitor the situation, he said.

- Asian Tribune -

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