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No shelter in India for fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents - Defence Minister A. K. Antony

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

New Delhi, 12 January, (Asiantribune.com): India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony has assured that no fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents escaping from the onslaught of the Sri Lanka armed forces will be allowed to take shelter in the coastal areas of India.

“There will be no compromise on the safety of the country “, he said addressing the DRDO Golden Jubilee celebrations in India, referring to India’s fear that Tamil Tigers would once again become a trouble in India harming Indian citizens. In the past a Tamil Tiger woman assassin, entered India and killed Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , and scores of other Indian citizens near Chennai by exploding herself. Earlier, there had been many more violent crimes perpetrated by the Tamil Tigers on the soil of India.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony further stated that the Indian Navy was keeping a close watch on the coastal waters to prevent any LTTE cadres moving into Indian territory in the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka.

He added that all necessary steps have been taken to protect the coastal areas and there would be no compromise on the safety of Sri Lanka’s neighboring giant India.

Fears have been expressed over last week-end, especially in South India that with the abrogation of the cease-fire agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government, and the stepping up of action against the rebels in the northern region, armed Tamil insurgents might take shelter in the coastal areas of India.

India’s defence web further reporting on Antony’s statements said that he was also asked about the possibility of Pakistan nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Jehadi elements in that country. He said that Pakistan has taken measures to safeguard its nuclear weapons and prevent them falling into the hands of Jehadi forces in that country. We have feedback concerning this, he said.

”In response to questions as to whether he discussed restriction on Indian workers in Malaysia during his recent visit, Antony said he had suggested that a memorandum of understanding that would cover the workers from India as well as Malaysia should be finalized soon to prevent any difficulties in this regard.”

- Asian Tribune -

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