Wednesday, April 1, 2009

High alert in Kerala after reports of LTTE sneaking in

Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 30 (PTI) A high alert has been sounded across Kerala today following reports of a group of suspected LTTE militants sneaking into the southern state with Police, Navy and Coastguard launching a joint intense search between Alappuzha and Kochi towns.
The alert had been sounded since intelligence agencies also corroborated the possibility of a militant group landing in Thyckal Beach near Cherthala, about 30 km South of Kochi, as claimed local fishermen, official sources said.

A large contingent of police, including armed commandos, has been deployed on the busy Cherthala-Kochi highway where all the vehicles were being searched.

The Navy has pressed two helicopters for aerial surveillance while the Coast Guard boats are searching the off-shore areas.

According to Navy sources, some "suspicious activity" had been noticed in Pallippuram area, south of Kochi.

Director General of Police Jacob Punnose said information gathered from various sources were being verified.

"Unless we come across something concrete, we cannot say whether the information is correct or not," Punnose told PTI.

Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said in Thrissur that all possible routes through which the suspected militant group could move had been put under high vigil. PTI

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