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Pak boat case: Agencies list out Guj fishermen with dubious track record

This time probably the Indian agencies have identified the ‘right target’ but before they could apprehend the suspected terror crews, it blew itself before the dawn off the Porbandar coast in Gujarat.

There is no mystery that the crew blew the vessel as an attempt to leave no evidence before the Indian agencies to ascertain the exact intention of the mysterious boat, which apparently came from a small port in Pakistan’s Keti Bunder.

Speaking to the Millennium Post, a highly placed source in the Coast Guard said, “Before 26/11, it was a Pakistani boat which has entered Indian water and took over an Indian boat Kuber. This was done to dodge the Indian agencies to be suspicious over their presence in Indian side.”

“Then (26/11) we had missed the intelligence and Navy rejected the tip. That proved disastrous and the result is known to everyone. In this case we are getting leads that the Pakistani boat ferrying some life threatening items and the crew members were supposed to transfer the items to a boat (the way they did by transforming the arms to a boat named Kuber, owned by an Indian Amar Singh Solanki) to avoid being suspicious,” he said.

With the new leads pouring in before the agencies over the mysterious Pakistani boat, now the Indian agencies have prepared a list of fishermen in Gujarat, with dubious track record to get some more details in the case. The owner Kuber, which the terrorists hijacked for committing the crime in Mumbai, had earlier been imprisoned for six months in a Pakistani jail for illegally fishing in Pakistani waters.

“There has to be some Indian agent and we need to unearth his name. The crew members were well aware that - if cornered - then they have to erase the evidence in the cover of darkness,” the Coast Guard officer said.

Whatever might be the speculations, the interception of the Pakistani Boat and its dramatic act of blowing itself in mid sea has left several unanswered questions over the exact intention of the intruders. As per intelligence report the boat sailed from Keti Bunder, a small port in Pakistan, which is close to the Indian marine boundary line near Okha in Gujarat. The boat was located at 1 pm (December 31) and was intercepted in after midnight on January 1.

On cannot ruled out that there was some mischievous act on behalf of the people on board but the agency still need to find out who were they and whom they contact regularly in India. Whether they were smugglers of daily essential goods mainly gutka, drinking water, diesel, grains etc or armed terrorists with good contacts with someone in Gujarat need to be explored.

Yesterday, in his first detailed interview to an electronic news channel, Defence Minister Parrikar suggested vessel’s crew may have taken cyanide before setting their vessel on fire to destroy evidence about their intentions.

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