A high alert was declared along the coastline of Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane after two schoolchildren in Uran reported five-six “suspicious-looking” men were carrying weapons and backpacks. The Navi Mumbai police reacted to this swiftly by reaching the spot. Navy helicopters took to the air to comb the area. Since the area houses a naval base and an ONGC plant, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Coast Guard were also called to the location.
Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur said, “Two students informed us that they saw suspicious men in Uran. While one student claimed that he spotted one person, the other claimed to have seen five persons.” Police have withheld the identities of the two children.
Meanwhile, an unidentified boat intercepted by Customs near Mora is on September 7 is being probed for its connections with the “suspicious men.”
“We are verifying if there is a connection between the two developments,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi.
On September 7, the Marine and Police Wing of the Customs spotted “unfamiliar boat movement” near Mora. A Customs patrol gave chase. It even involved the local police after the boat entered shallow waters. The boat was later captured but those on board had escaped.
The government has sought a detailed report from Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur on the perceived threat and combing operations. The report is expected to be submitted by Friday morning.