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Lanka a transit point says India

Sep 15, 2011 6:27:29 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaran says Pakistan based terrorist groups are trying to use Sri Lanka as a transit route to enter Tamil Nadu.

Speaking in New Delhi today, Chidambaram said that there was no let up in attempts by terrorists to sneak into India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

‘Two terrorist attacks in the space of two months are indeed a blot on our records. Naturally, the central government and security forces have been severely cricitised,’ the minister said.

He was delivering the inaugural address at the annual All India Directors General and Inspectors General Conference.

He called Pakistan and Afghanistan ‘the epicentre of terror’ and added there were three major terror outfits operating from inside Pakistan that were targeting India.

‘No country in the world appears to be entirely immune to the threat of terror, the US included.

‘In 2011, up to August there have been 279 major terrorist incidents in 22 countries. The worst affected are Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

‘The epicentre of terror is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Four out of five major terrorist groups are based in Pakistan and three of them continue to target India. There is no let up in efforts to infiltrate from across the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir.’

He said there are infiltration attempts via Nepal and Bangladesh as well as attempts to find a safe transit route via Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu.