TAMIL NADU

Seized rocket to be sent to Naval Armament Depot



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To clearly identify manufacturing details

Navy intelligence personnel `probing' the incidentRound-the-clock patrolling ordered along IMBL

RAMANATHAPURAM: Navy officials of the Rameswaram detachment have decided to send the rocket, seized on Tuesday, to the Naval Armament Depot (NAD) at Visakhapatnam for further investigation.

Executive Officer Ballav Biswal told The Hindu on Wednesday that the move was to `clearly' identify the manufacturing details. The NAD had a variety of bomb devices experts.

They would study the rocket. Based on their findings, follow-up measures would be initiated.

No specific information

Mr. Biswal said still there was no specific information on whether an organisation or individual was involved in the rocket `episode' or it had accidentally fallen into the sea.

The Navy Intelligence personnel were probing the incident.

Commander, Naval Detachment, Rameswaram, U.C. Barman, said round-the-clock patrolling had been ordered along the International Maritime Boundary Line. Dhanushkodi, Arichamunai and Adams Bridge areas would be closely monitored. A Naval ship had been stationed at a `strategic location' off the Rameswaram coast.

Mr. Barman said special patrolling trawlers would also be used.