Navy Chief, Coast Guard DG meet days after terror boat incident
Indian Navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan will on Wednesday meet Coast Guard Director General Vice-Admiral Anurag Thapliyal.
New Delhi: Indian Navy chief Admiral Robin Dhowan will on Wednesday meet Coast Guard Director General Vice-Admiral Anurag Thapliyal.
The meeting assumes significance in view of the interception of a Pakistani terror boat off Gujarat coast on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.
Just day ago, Admiral Dhowan had said that the Indian Navy has been in a heightened state of alert for the last two months with its entire fleet, including warships, aircraft carriers, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle deployed.
The Navy had already stepped up patrolling in coastal areas much before the recent Pakistan terror boat sinking incident off Gujarat coast, he had said.
In the mid-sea operation on New Year's night, a Pakistani fishing boat, said to be carrying explosives, was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Gujarat, but the vessel exploded and caught fire before sinking along with four occupants.
While the government has said the occupants of the boat were 'suspected terrorists', there have been questions over authenticity of this claim.
(With agency inputs)