Sri Lankan Navy mines sea border with India to block Tamil Tigers
The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) placed an underwater defense system between Kachchatheevu and Neduntheevu (Delft Island) as part of their efforts to detain the movement of Sea Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
According to the latest reports, the SLN sent a fax to the Indian Navy office at Rameswaram informing them that the mines had been laid along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). One report further stated that the SLN had asked the Indian Navy to warn local Tamil Nadu fishermen against crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line due to the increased danger.
Indian fishermen claim that many do not know of the exact maritime borders and view the sea between Kachchatheevu and Neduntheevu as their traditional fishing ground.
According to an Indian state police representative, the police welcomes the establishment of the underwater defense system that could bolster their efforts to prevent incursion of the Tamil Tigers into the State. Since the crisis in Sri Lanka worsened, the LTTE cadre have been trying to flee to Tamil Nadu.