No intrusion of Chinese and SL navies into Indian waters

Rameswaram : The Indian Coast Guard today claimed there was no `intrusion` of Chinese and Sri Lankan navies into Indian territorial waters due to round the clock patrolling by ICG ships and patrol vessels.

"There is no intrusion of Chinese or Sri Lankan navies into Indian waters. ICG is conducting round-the-clock patrolling along Indian waters and maintaining a vigil. ICG ships and helicopters are on routine surveillance," Commander H Harish Morre of the ICG station at nearby Mandapam told reporters.

Speaking after distributing Distress Alert Transmitters (DAT) to 53 Fishermen at Mandapam, he said ICG had taken the initiative and impressed on ISRO to develop a low-cost Distress Alert Equipment, each of which costs Rs 25,000.

He said transmitted signals from DAT would be received by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at ICG Regional HeadQuarters, Chennai to enable its ships proceed for rescue.

Morre claimed that effective patrolling by ICG had helped stop smuggling from India to Sri Lanka.

On Sri Lankan navy`s alleged attacks against Tamil Nadu fishermen, he said such incidents occurred only if fishermen cross International Maritime Boundary Line. "Fishermen should take care not to cross IMBL while fishing," he said.