A high state of alert continues in Uran a day after five or six suspicious armed people were reportedly seen around the Naval Station Karanja near Uran. In a statement on Friday, the Indian Navy said that the operations based on yesterday’s sightings of suspected terrorists are concerned are over. “Sanitisation of naval areas has been undertaken. Navy is maintaining close liaison with local police/other agencies for further updates/developments.”
The statement further added: “Insofar as the state of alertness is concerned, IN maintains a high state of alert/tight vigil at all times in consonance with the prevailing circumstances.”
The Western Naval Command sounded a high alert along the coast of Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Mumbai and Thane after two school children in Uran reported five-six “suspicious men” in the area Thursday morning.
Since the area houses a naval base, the Maharashtra Police, Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) swung into action and Navy helicopters flew over the area where the “suspicious men” were said to have been sighted.
Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur said, “Two students informed us that they have seen suspicious men in Uran. While one student claimed that he spotted one person, the other claimed to have seen five persons.”
Police said one student claimed to have seen a man in a salwar-kameez carrying a haversack while the other student said there were five “suspicious looking persons”.