TAMIL NADU

Another Sri Lankan boat found

Special Correspondent

RAMANATHAPURAM: Even as the mystery over the recovery of a fibreglass boat of Sri Lanka at Kambipadu near Dhanushkodi on Wednesday still persists, one more Sri Lankan boat has been found near Dhanushkodi on Thursday evening. Like the first one no one has come forward to claim the ownership.

Superintendent of Police K.A. Senthil Velan told The Hindu that based on input, policemen had been sent to Dhanushkodi to enquire about it. They were asked to find out whether it was washed ashore.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard has taken possession of the boat found on Wednesday. It has been taken to its Mandapam station for further examination. The boat, which had four marks of bullet hit, was found by some local fishermen. Though no one from Sri Lanka has sought asylum with the rehabilitation authorities or reported at the police stations in Ramanathapuram district for the last two days, Coast Guard, State and Central intelligence agencies, Coastal Security Group police and others have begun enquiry as to how the boat came to the island and if it was driven to the island then who had come and how many persons landed.

The bullet marks and blood stained cloth, found in the boat, have created suspicion that the inmates of the boat might have escaped from a sea battle in Sri Lankan waters.

The Superintendent of Police said police stations had been intimated about the incident and were asked to closely watch the movement of suspected persons if any. Though no case was registered so far, enquiry had been initiated to find out whether injured persons had landed in Rameswaram island or not.

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