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India views Lanka's internal development seriously

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 1, IRNA
India-Sri Lanka-Defense Minister
India's Defense Minister A K Antony on Tuesday said that coastal security had been stepped up in Tamil Nadu and Kerala as India viewed internal developments in neighboring Sri Lanka seriously.

India viewed the situation in Sri Lanka seriously especially in the wake of recent air strikes by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) near Colombo.

Considering the southern peninsula's proximity to the island nation, monitoring along the Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts had been stepped up, he told reporters in Kollam, Tamil Nadu state, PTI reported here.

"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 radars would be installed to closely monitor the situation, he said.

On reports that some Kollam based fishermen missing since three weeks back had landed up in an LTTE camp in Sri Lanka along with a group of fishermen from neighboring Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Antony said the government had not received any official report from Tamil Nadu on this.


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