Chennai, Feb 15 (BPNS)
The Nagapattinam police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) and commenced an investigation in the case related to a cylinder washed ashore which had Chinese inscriptions.
The local fishermen first found the cylinder on Tuesday and immediately informed the Coastal Security Group personnel. The CSG personnel on arrival informed the local police and the ‘Q’ branch of Tamil Nadu police.
Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was called into inspect the 3 foot long cylinder with Chinese inscriptions. Chinese language experts were called into decipher the script and they found that the cylinder was acetylene gas cylinder which was commonly used for gas cutting and welding.
CSG ascertained that the cylinder could have accidentally fallen of a ship and washed ashore. However, Central Intelligence Agencies and the Q branch of the Tamil Nadu police commenced a probe.
Sources in the Tamil Nadu DGP office told BPNS that even though it was an empty cylinder that washed ashore, the agencies are not calling off the probe. Central agencies want to ascertain whether the cylinder with Chinese inscription was a trial by any Chinese agencies or a cylinder that had accidentally washed ashore by falling off from the ship.