Boat goes missing, vigilance increased across Maharashtra
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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 found.

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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