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India to look into charges of LTTE links

India assures that it will look into Lankan PM's claim of increased LTTE activities along the Tamil Nadu coast.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2007 10:16 IST

India has assured Sri Lanka that it will look into Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake's claim of increased LTTE activities along the Tamil Nadu coast.

"We do not have any such information. We will however discuss the matter with the Government of Sri Lanka and take appropriate action based on the information provided by the government," an Indian High Commission Spokesman, Dinkar Asthana, told PTI in Colombo.

The spokesman was reacting to Wickramanayake's statement in Parliament earlier this week that the activities of the Tamil Tigers had risen along the coast of the southern Indian state.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister made a mention of this while initiating the debate on extension of the emergency in the country for another month.

He said the Navy was able to intercept an LTTE boat carrying accessories for helicopters and remote controlled aircraft recently.

The Foreign Office officials here in the recent past have maintained that Indian government had been told about the concerns of Sri Lanka regarding LTTE's alleged links in south India.

In a recent interview the powerful Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, had said the Sri Lanka government was "conscious of the Tamil Nadu factor in determining New Delhi's Sri Lanka policy".

First Published: Nov 10, 2007 09:52 IST