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LTTE cannot escape into Indian seas: Lankan Navy

world Updated: May 10, 2009 18:57 IST
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Seeking to allay Indian Navy's apprehensions of LTTE using the sea route to get into Tamil Nadu or other areas, Sri Lanka on Sunday said it deployed an almost impregnable four-layered Navy defence line to prevent the Tigers from escaping through the Mullaittivu coast.

The Sri Lankan Navy is on full alert off the Mullaittivu seas in order to prevent any escape attempt by LTTE leaders or cadres to India, a senior Navy official told PTI.

He said it had a four-layered tight defence line consisting of Fast Attack Crafts (FACS), Off-shore Patrol vessels (OPVS), Gun Boats and the Rapid Action Boat Squardon and Special Boat Squardon.

"India need not have any apprehensions. We will not allow the LTTE cadres or leaders to leave Mullaittivu coast as we are on a full alert," the official said.

While the first Navy defence line consisting of the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) would be close to the Mullaittivu safety zone, one nautical mile away from the land, the second defence line would have the presence of Navy's newly formed Rapid Action Boat Squadron that will jointly patrol with SBS.

The Third Navy defence line involves the Dvora squadron comprising a large number of Dvoras fast attack crafts using sophisticated radars to monitor the land and the sea area, the state-run Sunday Observer reported.