Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday ruled out that a shot from the Indian Coast Guard could have hit the suspected terror boat, resulting in the fire that led to an explosion and subsequent sinking of the vessel.
Two fishermen were injured when Coast Guard personnel onboard a patrol vessel fired 'warning shots' at their boat after it took 'evasive' action on being directed to stop, giving rise to suspicion, off Vizhinjam coast near here on Monday.
With questions over Coast Guard's 'boat' operation persisting, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said those travelling in the Pakistani vessel were suspected terrorists as per the "given circumstances".
Gandhinagar: Days after an explosive-laden boat from Pakistan carrying suspected terrorists exploded after it was intercepted and chased by the officials of the Coast Guard, security across the coastal regions of Gujarat has been tightened, reports said on Monday.
An engineer was missing after a barge carrying 60 tonnes of essential commodities and diesel to a ship engaged in exploration activities off Nagapattinam coast sank in the sea, Coast Guard officials said.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which mans Indian airports, was on Thursday asked to tighten vigil at Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after the Intelligence Bureau issued an alert regarding a possible attack on the airbase.
Leaving aside the official executive jet he is entitled to, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday flew economy class on a budget airline to his home state Goa on a four-day trip during which he will visit Goa Shipyard, Navy facilities and meet Coast Guard officials.