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* India to strengthen coastal security to prevent terrorist elements coming from Sri Lanka
Sun, Jun 29, 2014, 10:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 29, Rameswaram: Administrative authorities of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the police have decided set up a panel to strengthen security along the coast to prevent terrorist elements coming from Sri Lanka, and other illegal maritime activities.

The authorities and the police have taken the decision to set up a standing committee comprising representatives from various security agencies to share intelligence, strengthen coastal security, prevent smuggling and human trafficking through sea route was taken at a meeting last week, The Hindu reported.

The meeting chaired by the state Collector K. Nanthakumar and attended by the by Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan and representatives from other security agencies such as Special branch, Q branch, Special division, Indian Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau, Marine Police, Naval detachments, Forest and Fisheries departments.

The security measures assumed significance in the backdrop of the spurt in smuggling activities of gold and ganja and landing of more than 15 Sri Lankan Tamils unchecked at Arichal Munai point in the recent past.

The meeting discussed the need for strengthening coastal security following specific inputs that some suspicious characters, having terror links, might intrude from Sri Lanka via sea route.

As there was lack of coordinated action by different agencies involved in coastal security under the existing system, the committee would help to coordinate better and prevent poaching and smuggling activities and infiltration of suspicious characters, Mr. Mylvahanan said.

As part of strengthening the coastal security, the existing watchtower at Muhuntharayar Chathiram in Danushkodi would be used for maintaining surveillance from the southern tip of Rameswaram island, he said.

Policemen, armed with binoculars, would keep a watch round-the-clock from the watch tower, he added.

Besides, a police guard post would be set up at Palam in Danushkodi and four police sentries equipped with arms and binoculars would be deployed at the post. The guard post would be set up within a month.

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