India yesterday said it would take `appropriate action` after consulting the Sri Lanka government on reports which said Tamil Nadu was used by the LTTE to conduct its activities.
`We will discuss the matter with the Sri Lanka Government and take appropriate action based on information provided by Sri Lanka,` Dinkar Asthana, the spokesperson for the Indian High Commission in Colombo told the Daily Mirror yesterday. However he said the Commission doesn`t know first hand of such information.
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake told parliament recently LTTE activities had increased along the coast of Tamil Nadu, in India. `There has been an increase in LTTE activities along the Tamil Nadu coast,` he said. The Premier also had said the Navy was able to intercept an LTTE boat carrying accessories for helicopters and remote controlled aircraft recently.
Defence sources revealed in the recent past the Navy had made a series of detections of fuel, arms, ammunition, remote controlled aircraft etc off the western coastal belt off Mannar Sea, when Tigers were trying to smuggle those items into Sri Lankan from India.
Following these detections the Sri Lanka Navy has stepped up surveillance activities in the Palk Strait while the Indian Navy too has strengthened naval patrols in Indian waters in the Strait, in order to prevent such smuggling activities taking place.