‘Ter­ror’ boat in­ter­cepted by In­dian Coast Guard

SP's MAI - - ROUND-UP 2014 -

A sus­pi­cious fish­ing boat car­ry­ing ex­plo­sives from Pak­istan was in­ter­cepted by In­dian Coast Guard in the Ara­bian Sea near Indo-Pak mar­itime bound­ary but it sank after the crew on board set it on fire. An in­tel­li­gence­based mid­night op­er­a­tion was con­ducted by the Coast Guard ships and air­craft to in­ter­cept the sus­pect fish­ing boat, ap­prox­i­mately 365 km off Por­ban­der in Gu­jarat, on the in­ter­ven­ing night of De­cem­ber 31 and Jan­uary 1 after a hot pur­suit. Four per­sons were seen on the boat who dis­re­garded all warn­ings by the Coast Guard ship to stop and co­op­er­ate with in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Soon there­afte the crew hid them­selves in be­low deck com­part­ment and set the boat on fire, which re­sulted in an ex­plo­sion and ma­jor fire on the boat. Due to dark­ness, bad weather and strong winds, the boat and per­sons on board could not be saved or re­cov­ered. The boat burnt and sank in the same po­si­tion, in early hours of Jan­uary 1, 2015.

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