Monday, June 23, 2008

TN police kept naxals in check: DGP

Chennai (PTI): Admitting that there were some attempts by naxalites to "gain foothold" in the state, Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP) K P Jain on Monday said the naxals had failed because of the swift action by state police.

"Some attempts by the naxalites have taken place now and then to gain foothold in the state, but they have not succeeded because of the action of the state police", Jain told newspersons here.

He said Tamil Nadu had fared well compared to other states in monitoring the coastal belt. "We have established marine police stations to monitor the coastal areas. More steps would be taken to enhance the coastal security."
About the seizure of unused ammunition at SIPCOT campus in Gummidipoondi,the DGP refuted reports that terrorist organisations had a role in the incident."No terrorist organisation had any role," he said.

"The materials, including unused and used ammunition, were imported by the melting units as scrap. The employees of the company have dumped the imported used ammunition in an unused well fearing that it would explode while melting in the boiler.We have conducted thorough search in all the melting units and unearthed several tonnes of rusted, unused and used ammunition scrap. Steps are being taken to dispose of the seized materials," he added.

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