Mumbai cops to put goats found on mystery dhow under X-ray

The five-member crew told police they dumped the satellite phone mid-sea.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:April 6, 2013 3:59 am

The Yellowgate police have decided to X-ray all goats found on MSV Yusufi,intercepted by Coast Guard 15 km southwest of Colaba,to make sure there are no microchips jeopardising national security.

The vessel from Dubai,suspected to be carrying a Thuraya satellite phone,was intercepted Wednesday midnight. Coast Guard found 26 goats,sealed communication equipment,two TVs,cigarette cases and an Apple iPad on it.

The five-member crew told police they dumped the satellite phone mid-sea.

Pandurang Dhoke,senior inspector,said Friday two dead goats were also found on the vessel. “We have left a cook on board to take care of the goats,” he said.

Police have written to BMC to keep the goats in the animal department and check if they are infected. “Generally,any animal or plant that comes to Mumbai from outside is kept with BMC for eight days to see if they are infected. After this,we will conduct X-ray to check if they are a threat to national security,” said Dhoke.

Meanwhile,police were still looking for one Usman for whom the vessel brought some “goods”.

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