Coast Guard apprehends two Pak boats
On high alert after the Mumbai carnage, the Indian Coast Guard apprehended two Pakistani boats with 17 Pakistanis off the Gujarat coast.delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2009 11:15 IST
On high alert after the Mumbai carnage, the Indian Coast Guard on Thursday apprehended two Pakistani boats with 17 Pakistanis off the Gujarat coast.
"While carrying out patrolling inside our International Maritime Boundary (IMB), one of our fast patrolling craft P-142 apprehended two Pakistani fishing trawlers with 17 Pakistanis on it 12 nautical miles off the Cori creek coast in Gujarat," Coast Guard sources said.
After apprehending the boats, the ICG ship towed it to Jakhau coast, where all the arrested personnel were being interrogated.
"All the 17 apprehended men are being interrogated by the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) of the agencies present there and we will come to know about their intentions and reasons for venturing in Indian waters," he said.
The sources did not rule out the possibility of the two boats being used for carrying out anti-India activities there.
After the Mumbai terror strikes on November 26 last year, the ICG had put all its assets on high alert searching for vessels. The terrorists had used such trawlers to enter Indian waters.