Twenty-five of the 33 goats seized from a dhow intercepted off the Mumbai coast by the Coast Guard a week ago were X-rayed Wednesday to ascertain whether any contraband was being smuggled by concealing them inside goats,police said. Another batch of goats was tested a day earlier. The results would be available next week,they said.
The 25 goats were taken to Parel Veterinary Hospital on Wednesday for the tests. Another batch was tested on Tuesday. The reports are expected next week and it would be incorrect to comment until they are received, said Tanaji Ghadge,Deputy Commissioner of Police,Port Zone.
Meanwhile,police custody of the five crew members of the dhow was extended till April 13 by a magistrate Wednesday.
On April 3,Gujarat-registered dhow MSV Yusufi,with engines stalled,was intercepted by Coast Guard five nautical miles off the Mumbai coastline.
Two LED television sets,mobile phone accessories and 33 goats were seized from the dhow,the police had said. Police said the crew told them the dhow was bound for Sri Lanka.
Yusufis five-member crew allegedly communicated with their boss in Dubai on a Thuraya satellite phone,which is yet to be recovered by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard swooped down on the dhow after tracking coordinates of the Thuraya,which is banned in India. Thuraya phones were used during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,and were used by terrorists to communicate with their handlers in Pakistan.