"The new Mumbai kill carried out by a group of terrorists, who at home by sea, has colored difficulties well-informed by the Sri Lankan Navy in countering LTTE operations conducted diagonally the Indo-Lanka marine boundary", notes 'The Island' view columnist Shamindra Ferdinando.
"Indian establishment, primarily the Tamil Nadu politicians, have often accused the SLN of attacking Indian fishermen. They have stepped up criticism against the SLN since a plague of operations accepted out in the Gulf of Mannar that caused heavy reward to the LTTE's sea supply line from Tamil Nadu. The LTTE's dependence on the Tamil Nadu supply line greater than before after the SLN had overwhelmed nine LTTE 'balanced arsenals' on the high seas and many trawlers bringing in provisions to the north-western coast, he extra asserted in a bottomless part of writing on the Mumbai terrorist assault and LTTE smuggling, Thursday(Dec 4).
"The terror raid on India's gainful capital has also emphasized the sense of a united plan to counter threats posed by sea-borne terrorists as use of marine property wouldn't be enough to thwart a intended attack", he additional noted.
He was referring to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's stress made for the need to have the same opinion on a common plan to meet the threat at the lately finished BIMSTEC peak in New Delhi.
Following are excerpts from the article posted in 'The Island' on 4th December, 2008.
The new Mumbai slaughter carried out by a group of terrorists, who at home by sea, has highlighted difficulties knowledgeable by the Sri Lankan Navy in countering LTTE operations conducted crossways the Indo-Lanka marine boundary.
The terror attack on India's profitable assets has also emphasized the meaning of a unified plan to oppose threats posed by sea-borne terrorists as use of marine possessions wouldn't be sufficient to thwart a future assault.
Awaiting the SLN launched a continued movement to notice and obliterate LTTE units by the Gulf of Mannar to move right away needed provisions from Tamil Nadu to their basis north of the Mannar Island, at the open of Sri Lanka's best ever joint security transport weapons forces procedure in September 2006, the LTTE had had simple right of admission to the North-Western shore.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasised the need to agree on a common draft to get together the threat at the recently concluded BIMSTEC peak in New Delhi.
Although several incidents between the LTTE and Indian fishermen, chiefly the Kanyakumari kill and the assault of Indian fishing trawler 'Sri Krishna', bare that the LTTE had stepped up smuggling operations to replenish its arsenal, Tamil Nadu management twisted a blind eye to them.
According to Pakistan and Indian media, the ten-member collection that wreaked disorder on Mumbai had used an Indian trawler from Gujarat to reach Mumbai. Ajmal Amir Kasav, the only survivor of the group of criminals now in care, has bare their sea way to Mumbai. The Indian Navy Chief Admiral Suresh Metha has admitted that the trawler used by terrorists had been intercepted by the Coast Guard but allowed to go towards Mumbai as the occupants shaped necessary documents.
Indian authorities, first and foremost the Tamil Nadu politicians, have often accused the SLN of aggressive Indian fishermen. They have stepped up censure against the SLN since a plague of operations approved out in the Gulf of Mannar caused heavy injure to the LTTE's sea supply line from Tamil Nadu. The LTTE's dependence on the Tamil Nadu provide line increased after the SLN had shattered nine LTTE 'floating arsenals' on the high seas and many trawlers bringing in supplies to the north-western coast.
For the LTTE now struggling to resist the army on the Wanni front, attempts to bring in fresh supplies from Tamil Nadu wouldn't be a reality as the army (Task Force I) has regained control of the entire coastline between Mannar Island and Pooneryn.
Another event which highlighted the unsafe importance of co-operation in the middle of SAARC countries to fight terrorist operations on the high seas was the detection as well as destruction of Indian trawler "Sri Krishna' commandeered by the LTTE in the Maldivian waters last year. The Maldivian Government allowed the SLN to query several LTTE terrorists.
Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda is on record as having said the Navy's access to the LTTE cadres in the Maldivian care facilitated following attacks on LTTE vessels. The former Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom allowed the SLN to question suspects before Indian investigators reached the Maldives.
The SLN has often sharp out the danger of allowing the LTTE and its supporters in Tamil Nadu free access to the sea. Earlier, the Indian Navy has detect LTTE vessels transport arms and shot and on one time it blew up a rogue craft carrying a big stock of explosives
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