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People in Pak boat were suspected terrorists: Rajnath

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”.

“With given circumstances in the Pakistani boat, it is clear that they were suspected terrorists,” he told reporters here. Singh was replying to questions about the four people on board a boat, which “exploded” and sank in the Arabian Sea in the intervening night of December 31 and January one during an Indian Coast Guard operation.

The Home Minister, however, did not elaborate on the “circumstances which he was referring to.
The remarks came as questions were being raised on the veracity of claims that a 2008 Mumbai attack-style operation had been foiled. There are also reports claiming that the boat was involved in smuggling.

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