Blow the Pak boat off, we don’t want to serve them biryani: Coast Guard DIG

The boat was destroyed 365 miles off Porbandar after an hour-long chase by a Coast Guard ship on New Year’s Eve.

Written by Kamal Saiyed | Surat | Updated: February 18, 2015 5:20 pm
Pakistan boat, Pakistani boat explosion, B K Loshali, Coast guard, Pak boat explosion Indian Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali, speaking on Monday, (Inset: The fishing boat on fire on the high seas).

Directly contradicting the government’s position, a Deputy Inspector General of the Coast Guard said Monday that it was the Coast Guard which blew up the Pakistani boat on the night of December 31, 2014. And that he was the one who ordered: “Blow the boat off…We don’t want to serve them biryani…”

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This is the first time that the Coast Guard — in remarks that were recorded — has admitted that it destroyed the suspect boat which, the government claimed, had blown itself up under suspicious circumstances.

Also read: Doubts over India’s claims of destroying ‘terror boat’ from Pakistan 

Statements and remarks by the MoD, Defence Minister and the Coast Guard had said the boat’s crew had set it on fire or were responsible for the explosion that destroyed the boat 365 miles off Porbandar after an hour-long chase by a Coast Guard ship on New Year’s Eve.

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The Indian Express had reported that intelligence and naval sources had said that evidence suggested “use of disproportionate force” by the Coast Guard. The sources also said the videotape of the burning boat did not appear to show that explosives were on board.

The government’s version is now belied by remarks made by DIG B K Loshali — he is also Chief of Staff (North West Region), Coast Guard, Gandhinagar — at a gathering of officials from the Coast Guard and Larsen & Toubro during the launch of Coast Guard interceptor boat ICGS C-421, designed and built by L&T, Surat.

Also read: Occupants not smugglers but possible terrorists, says Defence Minister Parrikar

Loshali was speaking in the presence of Coast Guard DIG Sudhir Sahni, in-charge of refit and production; and G Sethy, Deputy Commandant, who are based in Surat. The interceptor boat was formally launched by Loshali’s wife Ira Loshali on the L&T premises at Hazira.

“Let me tell you,” he said, “I hope you remember 31st December night… we blew off that Pakistan… We have blown them off… I was there at Gandhinagar and I told at night, blow the boat off. We don’t want to serve them biryani…”

Loshali began his speech saying, “Mujhe speech di gayi thi lekin main mann se baat karoonga (I was given a (written) speech, but I shall speak my mind).”

Also read: Pakistan boat trail allegedly linked to Karachi-based drug mafia

So far the Ministry of Defence and Coast Guard have been saying that the purported Pakistani fishing boat due for an “illicit transaction at sea” and identified later as Qalandar, had blown itself up.

In its release on January 2, the Ministry of Defence said: “The Coast Guard ship warned the fishing boat to stop for further investigation of the crew and cargo; however, the boat increased speed and tried to escape away from the Indian side of maritime boundary. 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 explosion and major fire on the boat.”

Also Read: Indian Coast Guard reveals operation details

On January 3, Kuldip Singh Sheoran, Commander, Indian Coast Guard (North West), Gandhinagar, told The Indian Express: “After we had covered them from the air and the sea, the suspects blew up the boat… suddenly a ball of fire rose into the air and the boat was aflame.”

VIDEO: Just over a month ago The Indian Express showed you chinks in coastal security

On January 5, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said: “A normal boat, even carrying some drugs, can throw away their drugs and surrender. No one is going to be killing himself unless you are motivated enough to do that… As per our information, the boat was under our surveillance for over 12 hours — probably for more than a day — stationed there in one position… (I am) not speculating that it had explosives, but it had some activity in mind that does not fit the description of a smuggling boat. Which smuggler would commit suicide?”

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    ashvinn
    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm
    Awesome ...that is what we need to from boats which try to Summgle
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      ashvinn
      Feb 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm
      Can we make case for defamation aganist IE
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        ashvinn
        Feb 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm
        Guys if anyone of you are lawyers in the comment section Please file suit aganist Indian Express this is uncalled for headLines
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          ashvinn
          Feb 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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            ashvinn
            Feb 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm
            hahaha why is IndianExpress spreading lies is their any editorial policy or is just print whatever comes to ones mind
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              bonku
              Feb 18, 2015 at 9:46 am
              No wonder Indian Govt and most of its agencies have absolutely no credibility. I'm not sure why Indians in general and politicians and babus in particular have got the habit to tell lies almost all the time!
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                Doc
                Feb 18, 2015 at 8:43 am
                I am no position to comment on whether the decision to blow up the boat is right or wrong. But the decision to hold back correct information and float the wrong information is definitely wrong. If we blew up a boat, we should admit it and it was a decision by the man-in-charge. While dealing with enemy the defense forces should not take a chance. What were we afraid of? stan would retaliate? If we were afraid of stan's reaction we should not have even chased the boat. By withholding information we again proved that the babus and the establishment consists of a bunch of cowards. They lack the courage of conviction. They may not want to serve biryani to stanis but why serve to Indians?
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                  Ramesh
                  Feb 19, 2015 at 9:06 am
                  There definitely won't be a bigger .
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                    Indian
                    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm
                    NEVER buy domestic or international tickets from MakeMyTrip. In case of cancellation, they always steal and pocket the refund returned by airline under the name of makeMyTrip charges. They also flag people asking refund on helpline so you never reach a customer care executive.No Transparency.ALWAYS BUY DIRECTLY FROM AIRLINE.
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                      Harry Achari
                      Feb 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm
                      Coast guard chased and gave warning shot for the mysterious boat. Did coast guard fired or blew itself? Under international obligation if an unknown boat doesn't obey of arrest warrant it can be shot at the spot. So does any country including US. Had it been ablaze itself? Then it is sure it was a terrorist boat. It is common India and stan arrest fishermen those cross each other's boarders and later send them back to each other's homelands. But this incident is a different one. Blew itself or it will definitely get drowned. Nothing controversial about it . It is normal duty of a coast guard.
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                        Jai hind
                        Feb 18, 2015 at 9:50 am
                        Kudos!!!well done man...somebody intruding your international border and playing with national security should face same consequences again and again...and why should govt. announce it to civilians and bloody ? Defence has its mission and one should not poke or doubt them on every single issue...
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                          Saket
                          Feb 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm
                          So what???? Why is this s headline To teach the navy a lesson for doing it's duty IS IT !! Even stan says it's not 1 of their boats? Some smugglers maybe, but were they possible terrorists sneaking in before Obama's visit - Yes So it's a job well done. Keep it up. The case rests there. Indian express has to tell us, why is this being made a headline. If it's an accusation against the navy, please have the courage to say so.
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                            santosh satpathy
                            Feb 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm
                            Indian express should be renamed as stani express. They are bent on peddling stani lies. And are the fore front on publishing a story a day from the unknown hindutaw element or to malign the Modi govt from the day one.
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                              Amit
                              Feb 18, 2015 at 10:27 am
                              stan lovers in India are feeling the pain. Well done coast-guard and keep it up.
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                                ab
                                Feb 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm
                                please change the name to stan express . it suits you better
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                                  ABG
                                  Feb 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm
                                  Ashamed my tax money is being used to keep Loshali firing at possible innocent people and worse, boasting about it in public. I hope he will be replaced with a more sensible officer.
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                                    ABG
                                    Feb 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm
                                    If his actions were with the intention of protecting our territorial waters, he would not be gloating over it in a meeting. He was more worried about sharing his feast with the boat occupants on new years eve.
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                                      adasan
                                      Feb 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm
                                      Recently stan released around 120 prisoners who entered Pak sea for some reasons. Even they could have blown them off .
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                                        Aditya
                                        Feb 18, 2015 at 10:05 am
                                        What does this news want to establish ? Pig head journalism
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                                          sunny
                                          Feb 18, 2015 at 5:55 am
                                          indias lie was nailed before obhmas visit but media covered it up it was just diesel smuggling boat blown up by indian navy
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                                            aks
                                            Feb 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm
                                            what difference does it make if we blew them or they blew themselves, its time to do a check on all you paid off media
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