Close on the heels of intelligence inputs that “some elements and cadres of a few fringe political parties” in Tamil Nadu, who are fighting for the retrieval of Kachchatheevu from Sri Lanka, may hoist Indian flags during St. Antony’s festival in Kachchatheevu on March 3rd and 4th, Indian security agencies have issued a ban on pilgrims or fishermen to carry Indian flags in any form.
Speaking to The Hindu, Commander Anirudha Sohini, Area Commander, South, Naval Detachment in Rameswaram, said there was absolutely no problem in allowing the pilgrims to visit Kachchatheevu.
However, no one would be allowed to carry the Indian flags.
The fishermen boats, which had been allowed to carry the pilgrims, could not fix the Indian flags in their boats for identification.
It was aimed at preventing unnecessary problems.
Asked whether the agencies had received specific inputs about the move of fringe elements, he said the security agencies had been closely monitoring the activities of some elements and developments.