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  1. Pakistani boat carrying explosives caught by Indian Coast Guard off Gujarat; 4 men refuse to surrender, ‘blow themselves up’

Pakistani boat carrying explosives caught by Indian Coast Guard off Gujarat; 4 men refuse to surrender, ‘blow themselves up’

A suspicious fishing boat carrying explosives from Pakistan was intercepted by Indian Coast Guard in Arabian Sea near Indo-Pak maritime boundary...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 2, 2015 10:28 PM
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The explosives-laden Pakistani boat burnt and sank after the explosion. Coast Guard ships and aircraft are continuing operations in area to search for any possible survivors. (Express Photo)

In a midnight operation in the high seas,  a Pakistani fishing boat said to be carrying explosives was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Gujarat, but the vessel exploded and caught fire before sinking along with four occupants.

The incident which occurred on the night between December 31 and January 1, some 365 kms off the coast of Porbander, generated strong speculation that it was reminiscent of 2008 Mumbai terror strikes, but there was no official confirmation of that with the Defence Ministry merely stating that the boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi “was planning some illicit transaction” in the Arabian Sea.

The intercept took place following a precise intelligence-based midnight operation which was conducted by the Coast Guard ships and aircraft to intercept the suspect fishing boat, Coast Guard Inspector General (Operations) K R Nautiyal said.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar complimented the Coast Guard and those involved in the operation for intercepting the “rogue vessel” in “timely and precise manner, thereby avoiding a possible danger”.

Though the full details of the incident were not immediately available, there was some speculation whether the vessel was engaged in smuggling or a sinister 26/11 type mission. The speculation also focused on whether the diesel tank of the vessel caught fire during the operation.

“We received an input from intelligence agencies about the vessel and we intercepted it,” Additional Director General of Coast Guard Rajendra Singh said.

Both he and Nautiyal refused to speculate on the possible mission that the boat was on and whether there was a terror angle.

But Nautiyal said that if the vessel was not into “illegal activity”, there was no reason to try and escape by “evasive manoeuvring” when the Coast Guard intercepted it.

The Defence Ministry said the Coast Guard ship warned the fishing boat to stop for further investigation of the crew and cargo. However, the boat increased its speed and tried to escape away from the Indian side of maritime boundary.

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The Pakistani boat suspected to be carrying terrorists photographed from an aeroplane. (Express photo)

The hot pursuit continued for nearly one hour and the Coast Guard ship managed to stop the fishing boat after firing warning shots.

Four persons were seen on the boat who disregarded all warnings by the Coast Guard ship to stop and cooperate with investigation.

“Soon thereafter, 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,” the Ministry said.

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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 one.

Coast Guard ships and aircraft are continuing operations in area to search for any possible survivors.

The Coast Guard and other security agencies were maintaining high vigil in maritime and coastal areas in last couple of months due to several inputs on threat from the sea.

 

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    salman
    Jan 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm
    :indianexpress/article/india/india-others/little-evidence-of-terror-link-may-have-been-petty-smugglers/
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      salman
      Jan 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm
      :indianexpress/article/india/india-others/little-evidence-of-terror-link-may-have-been-petty-smugglers/ Please check it as indian media doubts the claim by Indian Navy
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        Kumar
        Jan 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm
        Indian security forces are the backbone of India and are very focussed on protecting the country from stani infiltrators. We should be proud of our intelligence agencies and security forces who are working round the clock to protect our national borders, they definitely political support which was lacking when Congress was in power all these years. Likely 26/11 would never have happened if Congress had showed some determination in their dealings with stan, but these scoundrels were busy looting the country and stan got the chance they were looking for in 2008. Kudos our security forces and intelligence, we are very proud of you!!!
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        1. khan khan
          Jan 4, 2015 at 2:01 am
          Photographed from an airplane in a broad day light and exploded at 3:59AM 1/1/15. Oh please get some facts right. It took that long. Indian ki jhoot ki handi phoot ee.
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            t p
            Jan 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm
            Thanks the "Indian Coast Guard". Hope political leaders would take appropriate action before such incidents are repeated. Have the US, UN , & other well wishers of the Napak-Pak been allerted? *** Jai Hind ***
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            1. Wakar Younis
              Jan 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm
              My country stan is a joke. -First they arrest a 9 month old baby under attempted murder charges -Then they release Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi the man convited of killing 300 innocent civilians and Americans in Bombay - Everybody knows stan's politicians are milking US using Kerry Lugar bill for money scaring US with terrorists if US dosent pay... This was an attempt to terrorize India during Obama's visit during Republic Day on the 26th. I like fellow stani's have no hopes for a better future in stan. Its just a matter of time before stan implodes
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