(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Amid a major political crisis in Sri Lanka, the Indian Coast
Guard has deployed its hovercrafts, aircraft and patrol boats to
step up the vigil on the maritime border with the island nation to
prevent any possible influx of refugees or anti-India elements from
there, Trend reports citing Times Now .
The surveillance has been enhanced in the areas stretching from
the Tamil Nadu coast to the parts of Kerala coast with the
deployment of Coast Guard personnel and assets along with other
agencies, government officials told ANI here.
The surveillance activities were upped soon after the fresh
round of political crisis started in the island nation where people
have stormed the Presidential palace and the leadership is reported
to have fled the capital city, Colombo.
Along with the central agencies, the Tamil Nadu Coastal police is
also on high alert.
The officials said that ever since the political chaos due to
the economic crisis started in Sri Lanka, a few cases of people
trying to cross over have taken place but the numbers are not very
The monsoon has also made the sea conditions very tough which
would be acting as a deterrence against people trying to use the
sea route to enter Indian waters, the officials said.
The officials said the hovercraft units deployed in Mandalay in
Myanmar would be playing a key role in surveillance activities as
they can travel at high speeds in the marshy area as well as
shallow waters between the Indian and Sri Lankan coasts.
The Dornier surveillance aircraft of the force are also flying
more sorties to keep an eye on the maritime border.
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