With Gujarat on high alert after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the Indian Coast Guard intercepted a Pakistani boat off the Porbandar coast Sunday. The boat and its nine occupants were being taken to shore for investigation.
Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak apprehended the Pakistani boat with nine crew on board at 10.15 am Sunday while it was operating near the International Maritime Boundary Line off the Gujarat coast, an official release stated.
Sources said it was a Pakistani fishing boat. “The boat, along with its 9 crew members, is currently being escorted to Porbandar for rummaging/joint investigation,” the Coast Guard said.
Last Thursday, the Indian Army announced it had struck terror launch pads along the Line of Control in J&K, ten days after a terror strike on an Army camp in Uri. Since then, security forces and intelligence agencies have been on high alert.
The Coast Guard said their personnel have been patrolling Indian territorial waters round-the-clock since the surgical strikes. Sensitive sea areas off the Gujarat coast were being “sanitised” and surveillance had been stepped up.