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Police deny presence of LTTE in Bangalore

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MAY 20. The Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, Mr. C. Dinakar, has said that there is no evidence of injured Sri Lankan LTTE militants having come to Bangalore for medical treatment.

"Though we searched certain places, we did not find anything that pointed to a cross-over," Mr. Dinakar told The Hindu here on Saturday.

Referring to certain rumours, Mr. Dinakar said that there was absolutely no threat to the lives of the actor, Dr. Raj Kumar, or the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna from the LTTE. He appealed to the people not to believe the rumours. "So far nothing has been substantiated," he said.

He also said that additional security arrangements had not been made and the existing security arrangements were continuing.

Mr. Dinakar said that the LTTE issue did not come up for discussion at the meeting of senior police officers chaired by the Home Minister, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, on Saturday evening. "It was only a meeting to discuss various administrative matters as a prelude to the review meeting of the Police Department scheduled for Monday. The Chief Minister will chair the review meeting."

Meanwhile, the Bangalore City Police Commissioner, Mr. T. Madiyal, too denied the reports in a section of the press that security had been tightened in the City following the suspicion that LTTE militants had reached Bangalore.

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