Amid escalated tension between India and Pakistan following the border conflicts, the Indian Coast Guard on Sunday reportedly apprehended a Pakistani boat off the Gujarat coast.
According to officials, all the nine crew members on board the boat were moved to Porbandar later and are being questioned by authorities.
A statement issued by Coast Guard read as: “In the prevailing scenario, Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members,”
“Preliminary information indicates the crew to be Pakistani fishermen. However, the boat and the crew members were being escorted to Porbandar for further joint investigation.”
The incident triggered fear in the area as the government has issued an alert seeking stepped up vigil at strategic installations, industrial complexes, crowded places, airports, historical monuments and government buildings across the country.
Following this incident, the Coast Guard has been maintaining high security in the area with its ships and aircrafts, media reports stated, quoting senior officers.
Recently, Indian authorities have launched a massive search operations in Mumbai for 48 hours to nab terrorists after reports of suspiciously looking men roaming near Naval area made a fuzz.
The navy and coast guard made several searches, but could’not find any suspected activity, and it was later revealed as a hoax.
“So far in the search, we have found nothing. We have covered a 15-20 kilometre radius from the spot where the men were spotted by the teenagers but found no such men,” said a police officer from the Navi Mumbai.
The tension between the neighbours emerged into its peak after the deadliest attack on Uri army base last month. The Indian Army later announced that it had carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at seven different terrorist launch pads.
However, Pakistan has denied the raids by India and accused India of “fabrication of truth,” alleging that what in fact took place was unprovoked cross-border firing by India.