Rameswaram (TN), March 28: Indian Air Force has set up eight radars in the skies as a precaution following LTTE rebels launching their first aerial strike in Sri Lanka two days ago.
The radars were fixed at Seeniappa Darga Casurina jungle
near Sundaramudaiyan village in Ramanathapuram district and
trials were going on, a senior IAF official told today.
A team of 50 air force personnel, under a commander,
would be posted there to monitor the skies, he said.
There was also a plan to set up a permanent air-base near
Seeniappa Dargah, the official, who wished not to be named,
The decision to set up radar facility comes two days
after LTTE made an aerial attack at a military airbase in
Colombo, killing three persons and injuring 16.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse had yesterday
warned that LTTE's airstrike capability was a threat to the
entire South Asian region, particularly India and Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has begun round-the-clock
patrolling of the seas from the Forward Observation Point
(FOP) near Dhanushkodi since Commandos have been posted at FOP.
The coast guard would also monitor the International
Maritime Border in the Palk Straits, official sources said.
Besides these measures, police check posts have been asked to inspect every vehicle passing through coastal roads, they said.