TN coast on high alert to thwart influx of Lankans
   Date :12-May-2022

THE Tamil Nadu coastal police are on high alert after inputs from Central agencies on the possibility of a heavy intrusion from Sri Lanka following political and economic uncertainty in the island nation. A senior officer of the Tamil Nadu Home Department told IANS that the State is constantly in touch with the Union Home Ministry regarding the possibility of a Sri Lankan inflow into the Indian soil. Police is also alert on the possibility of 50 prisoners who had escaped from the Hambantota prison escaping into India through the sea route. The State Home Department has also directed the Tamil Nadu Coastal Police to alert the village committees in Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, and other coastal areas of the State to inform the police regarding the presence of strangers. However, the police, according to a senior officer based at Police headquarters, is also ascertaining the possibility of the cadres of the defunct LTTE trying to sneak into India using this opportunity.
It may be noted that a few people were arrested in October 2021 after they tried to withdraw money from a defunct account of the sympathisers of the LTTE in Mumbai and on questioning had informed the police that they were collecting money to fund the operations of the LTTE. Sources in the Tamil Nadu Home Department told IANS that the Coastal Security group of the State Police is coordinating with the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy to block any illegal entry of Sri Lankan nationals into Indian waters. Technical level discussions with Sri Lanka will continue: IMF: THE International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said that it would continue the technical level talks with debt-ridden Sri Lanka to prepare for policy discussions once a new Government has been formed in the island nation. Sri Lanka has been grappling with an unprecedented economic turmoil since its Independence from Britain in 1948. Sri Lanka is currently facing the worst economic crisis and political instability ever after Independence due to manifold reasons both short and long-term.