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TN Coastal police on high alert after crisis in Sri Lanka escalates

Chennai, July 12 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu coastal police is on high alert after Central intelligence agencies including the country’s external agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have given input to be on the vigil after the crisis in Sri Lanka have escalated over the past couple of days.

While the state government has taken a soft stand over the entry of refugees from the island nation, the central agencies are worried over the possible entry of some extremist elements into the country under the guise of Sri Lankan refugees.

The coastal police of Tamil Nadu along with the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy is manning the coastal areas of the state including Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi where a large number of refugees have reached after being dropped by illegal ferries.

It may be noted that the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) was trying to regroup in Tamil Nadu and the arrest and interrogation of a high-ranking former intelligence operative of the LTTE, Satkunam alias Sabesan (47) in October 2021. A woman operative was also arrested recently while she was trying to fly to Mumbai for withdrawing money from an inoperative account of the terror movement which was lying dormant in the Mumbai branch of a nationalized bank.

After the Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapakse fled from the country, the Sri Lankan local people blocked the former finance minister of the country and the younger brother of president, Basil Rajapakse from fleeing to the United States along with his family on Tuesday morning. He was blocked by fellow travelers at the airport along with the staff of the airport.

The Indian intelligence agencies are worried that a silent campaign has been mounted by the former operatives of the LTTE and other sympathizers to the Tamil Eelam cause and are rejoicing at the downfall of the Rajapakse brothers. It is to be noted that it was Mahinda Rajapakse as president of the island nation who had crushed the LTTE including the killing of its supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

With all these in mind, the agencies are not taking any chances and have given inputs to the marine police of Tamil Nadu to be on alert on the possibilities of any influx of terror elements under the guise of refugees.