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Boat goes missing, vigilance increased across Maharashtra

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 18:04

Mumbai: Vigilance has been heightened
along Maharashtra`s coastline after fishermen claimed to have
seen a suspicious boat off Diu coast, but it soon went missing.

"Following the information about the suspicious
fishing trawler, Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Maharashtra
police are maintaining a strict vigil along the 720 km
coastline. We are keeping a close watch on the movements of
fishermen along the coastline. Fishermen have also been asked
to remain alert," a senior police official said.

Diu fishermen had yesterday complained to security
agencies that they had seen a white boat with `Al-Salam`
written on it near Diu Coast. There were five persons on board
and were asking for directions from them, they claimed.

Following the complaint, Navy and Coast Guard had
conducted a search operation from the aerial route and in the
sea. They also conducted random checks on boats of the similar
description given by the fishermen but no suspicious boat was

Vigilance along the 40-km long coastline of Mumbai,
which witnessed the November 26 terror attacks after 10
terrorists entered the city via the sea route, has also been
beefed up.

Fifteen city police-owned boats, including four
amphibious boats equipped with advanced technology including
GPS, are patrolling the city`s waterfront, police said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 18:04
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