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* India denies Sri Lanka PM's claim of LTTE camps in Tamil Nadu
Fri, Mar 11, 2011, 12:44 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Chennai: India today vehemently rejected the Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne's claim that the defeated terror group LTTE is operating camps in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

In a press release Thursday Tamil Nadu's Director-General of Police Letika Saran called the reports of LTTE camps are "baseless and devoid of any reality."

"There are no LTTE camps in Tamil Nadu. The press reports appearing in this regard are baseless and devoid of any reality," Ms. Saran has said.

Sri Lankan Premier during the parliamentary debate to extend the Emergency Regulations told the parliament that the LTTE is operating three camps in Tamil Nadu near the border with Kerala and in one of the camps the LTTE cadres are being trained to assassinate VIPs.

The Tamil Nadu Police Chief said the state is strictly watching the coastal areas of the state and it has been on the high alert with regard to any information on the activities of LTTE on Indian soil.

"The intelligence wing of the State is fully geared up and constantly monitoring such information, and the State police, including the Coastal Security Group, are keeping a vigil in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu," the police chief said.

"The police were taking action immediately on any report or intelligence input received from any quarters," she added.

The DGP also dispelled the claim that the pro-LTTE leaders, V. Rudrakumaran of the U.S. and Nediyavan and Vinayagam of Norway are running the LTTE training camps.

Referring to the attack on the Maha Bodhi Society Temple in Chennai that injured four Sri Lankan Buddhist monks, the Police Chief asserted that the LTTE is not behind the attack.

"The Maha Bodhi temple in Chennai was attacked by the sympathizers of Sri Lankan Tamils, and the real accused have been arrested. The LTTE has no role in this affair and their very presence in Tamil Nadu is denied," the police chief stressed.

During the early years of the LTTE's existence in the 80's India provided training and safe haven to the terror group in Tamil Nadu.

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