Due to a high alert in Navi Mumbai after a group of “suspicious men” were spotted by two children in Uran, combing operations continue on Friday morning while an abandoned boat is also being probed for a connection with the “suspicious men.”
Meanwhile, the Navi Mumbai police has also released a sketch of one the men. The schoolchildren in Uran, claimed that they noticed some suspicious masked men with weapons, following which the state police alerted the navy and Coast Guard, which are carrying out combing operations.
An unidentified boat intercepted by Customs near Mora is on September 7 is being probed for its connections with the “suspicious men.” 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.
“We are verifying if there is a connection between the two developments,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi.
The DGP office immediately issued alerts to all police stations along the coast. Security has been beefed up at sensitive locations along the coast, including the Gateway of India, Raj Bhawan, Bombay High (rig), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and other major establishments near the sea.
Pacifying the citizens, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that massive search operations are underway and appealed to the people to not panic. He also added that the citizens should not believe in rumours and continue to start a normal day of Friday.
Uran is about 50 km from Mumbai, where around 166 people were killed in 2008 when landmarks in the city were attacked by 10 terrorists who came by sea.