Uran scare: Navy calls off ops, but city still on alert

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

MUM­BAI/URAN: Search op­er­a­tions in and around Mum­bai and Uran con­tin­ued on Fri­day, a day af­ter two school­child­ren in Uran claimed to have seen armed men in the fish­ing town, spark­ing a se­cu­rity scare. The In­dian Navy of­fi­cially called off its search op­er­a­tions in the evening, while the po­lice and coast guard con­tin­ued their searches.

A se­nior home de­part­ment of­fi­cial told Hin­dus­tan Times in the evening, “There has been no cor­rob­o­ra­tion [of the al­leged sight­ings] so far. The covert op­er­a­tions will con­tinue.”

More than a thou­sand po­lice- men searched ho­tels, homes and forests in and around Uran. The po­lice and state re­serve po­lice force scoured the town and its sur­round­ings but found no phys­i­cal ev­i­dence of any in­trud­ers. How­ever,Mum­baicon­tin­ued­tobe on high alert and heavy se­cu­rity re­mained in place at im­por­tant points along the coast. Mean­while, the school­girl who claimed to have seen the armed men stood by her state­ment on Fri­day.

PHOTO: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Se­cu­rity per­son­nel dur­ing the comb­ing op­er­a­tions in Uran on Fri­day.

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