Terror Strike foiled, Pak Boat set on Fire off Gujarat Coast after Chase

Ahmedabad, Jan 02: A massive possible terror attack on India was foiled in the Arabian Sea after a suspicious Pakistani boat was set on fire in the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 when the Indian coast guard ship chased it to stop and capture it. Later, the vessel sunk into the sea.

It could be described as another 26/11 attacks in the country launched by Pakistan to take the revenge after its rangers were killed in the retaliation on LoC in Samba sector by Indian BSF jawans.

The Pakistani vessel was spotted along the maritime border off Gujarat coast. While chasing the ship, the Indian coast guard officials warned the occupants of the ship to stop, but it was set on fire and exploded.

The incident took place almost 365 kms off Gujarat's Porbandar coast and once again highlights the maritime threats faced by India. All the four people on board the boat are believed to have died in the explosion and subsequent sinking of the vessel.

Officials said that they wanted to apprehend the people and interrogate them and there were inputs that a fishing vessel would sail from Karachi in Pakistan on a reconnaissance mission along the Indian maritime border.

Based on the intelligence input, the coast guard officials and a aircraft conducted a midnight operation in the night of Dec 31 and Jan 1 to intercept the fishing boat approximately 365 km from Porbander. As per intelligence inputs received on December 31, a fishing boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi was planning some illicit transaction in Arabian Sea.

The Coast Guard Dornier aircraft searched and located the suspect fishing boat. Thereafter, the Coast Guard ship on patrol in area was diverted and intercepted the boat at midnight of December 31 in 365 km West-South West of Porbandar.

The Coast Guard ship warned the fishing boat to stop. But, the boat increased the speed and tried to escape away from the Indian side of maritime boundary. Four people were seen on the boat who ignored the warnings by the coast guard and set the boat on fire.

The coast guard tried to save the boat, but due to bad weather, strong winds, the vessel sank into the sea in early hours of January 1.

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