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Abandoned boats send Kutch on high alert

The two discovered boats are run by a single engine fitted in the centre. Such crafts are usually used by the fishermen community, said officials. 

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: August 26, 2019 4:22:16 am
The area, despite being a difficult terrain, is watched by security agencies on both sides as fishermen use it everyday. (Picture for representational purpose)

A day after the Border Security Force (BSF) discovered two abandoned boats suspected to be of Pakistan origin at Harami Nala area of Kutch, security agencies have been put on high alert on the coastal borders of India in Gujarat, even as the preliminary investigation hasn’t found anything suspicious with the boats.

A team of BSF found two mini boats with single engines on a coast stretch of Harami Nala at around 6.30 am Saturday. Harami Nala is a marshy and shallow water channel on the India-Pakistan border in Kutch. The area despite being a difficult terrain is watched by the security agencies on both the sides as fishermen use it everyday.

The two boats that were discovered are run by a single engine fitted in the centre and it is mostly used by the fishermen community. “So far, we have not found anything suspicious with the two boats. We have beefed up security in and around Harami Nala area for the past two days. A joint search operation is going on with the security agencies,” said Saurabh Tolumbia, superintendent of Police, West Kutch.

The security agencies have suspected the boats to be of Pakistani origin after the local ‘Kharva’ fishermen community denied that the boats belonged to them. “We have the record of exact number of fishermen and their boats who go into the waters for fishing everyday. When we cross-checked our records with the people of Kharva community and the fishermen watch team, we found that the two boats were not from here. Moreover, the engine design and manufacture of the boats are not from India,” said Tolumbia.

The coastal borders of India, especially Gujarat, are on high alert after the Union government recently scrapped the special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and turned it into a Union Territory. According to sources, a recent advisory from the Intelligence Bureau to Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) revealed that four suspected terrorists with passports of Afghanistan might have infiltrated India through the Gujarat borders.

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