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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Following Tamil Tiger airstrike, India steps up coastal watch

As set out here:
Indian Air Force has set up eight radars as a precautionary measure to monitor the skies in the aftermath of Tamil Tiger rebels launching their first aerial strike in Sri Lanka two days ago.

The radars were fixed at Seeniappa Darga Casurina jungle near Sundaramudaiyan village in Ramanathapuram district and trials were going on, a senior IAF official said today.

A team of 50 Air Force personnel, under a commander, would be posted there to monitor the skies, he said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has begun round-the-clock patrolling of the seas from from the Forward Observation Point (FOP) near Dhanushkodi since yesterday.

Twelve marine commandos have been posted at FOP, to which communication links have been established.

The Coast Guard would also patrol the International Maritime Border in the Palk Straits, official sources said.

Besides these measures, police check-posts had been asked to inspect every vehicle passing through coastal roads, they said.

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