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Fishing boat used in Mumbai attacks returned to owner

The Gujarat-based fishing trawler allegedly used by terrorists to enter Indian waters for carrying out the November 26 terror strikes has been returned to its owner by the police after a local court in Mumbai granted permission.

world Updated: Feb 15, 2009 16:16 IST

The Gujarat-based fishing trawler allegedly used by terrorists to enter Indian waters for carrying out the November 26 terror strikes has been returned to its owner by the police after a local court in Mumbai granted permission.

The owner of the vessel, Porbander-based Vinod Masani, had applied to a magistrate's court seeking that the vessel be returned to him.

The police had said they had no objection to the boat being returned, Additional Public Prosecutor E B Dhamal said.

"After instructing the owner not to sell the boat as it could be used as evidence in the cases pending against arrested terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the possession of the boat was handed over to Masani on Friday," he told PTI.

The Kuber with a crew of five Indian fishermen on board was allegedly hijacked by Pakistani vessel Al Husseini in international waters on November 23 last and the crew, barring the captain, were offloaded.

The vessel was then boarded by the ten terrorists who sailed to within a few nautical miles off Mumbai, killed captain Ajay Singh Solanki and launched a rubber dinghy to land on the city's shores.

"Our investigations as far as the boat is concerned are over as all forensic evidence have been collected," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said.