Pakistani boat with 9 crew members apprehended off Gujarat coast

A preliminary inquiry indicated that the crew were Pakistani fishermen, however, the boat and the crew members are being escorted to Porbandar for further investigation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2016 5:28 pm
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The Indian Coast Guard on Sunday apprehended a Pakistani boat off the coast of Gujarat. Nine crew members are being questioned by authorities.

In a statement issued by the Coast Guard PRO, Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman said: “In the prevailing security scenario, wherein enhanced vigil with deployment of ships and aircraft by the Indian Coast Guard is being exercised off the Gujarat coast, the Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak apprehended a Pakistani boat with 09 crew members at about 1015 hours today.”

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A preliminary inquiry indicated that the crew were Pakistani fishermen, however, the boat and the crew members are being escorted to Porbandar for further investigation.

The apprehension of the Pakistani boat comes days after the Indian Army conducted surgical strike across LoC, following which a high alert has been sounded across the land and sea border with the neighbouring country.

Earlier on Friday, the Coast Guard had said that sensitive sea areas off Gujarat coast have been “sanitised” and surveillance enhanced following India’s surgical strike on terror launch pads across the LoC.

The Coast Guard had also advised the fishing community and other stakeholders to maintain enhanced vigil and report any abnormal activity either at sea or in areas close to the coast.