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May 24 (PTI) As part of preventing infiltration and smuggling, the Navy and Coastguard have deployed six warships in the Gulf of Mannar, Palk Strait and Palk Bay.
The Indian Navy's Khukri class (K class) ship, which could launch surface-to-surface missile attacks had been positioned in the Gulf of Mannar and another was moving towards Palk Bay/Palk Strait, Naval authorities told newsmen here.
The International Maritime Boundary Line was being patrolled by INS Bharatang and a Coast Guard Ship in the Gulf of Mannar. Two inshore patrolling vessels had also put into service, they said.
The sources said the 'main aim was to strengthen the security cover along the coastal area. In the recent past a couple of incidents had occurred including the killing of five fishermen from Kanyakumari by Sea Tigers. A trawler was also sunk by by the Maldivian Naval authorities', they said.
An Indian trawler was sunk sunk by Maldivian authorities while transporging arms for the LTTE, they said.