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High alert after reports of Pak terror boats along Gujarat coast

As tension prevails between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack, India’s Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) has issued a high alert along the costal states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. The states have been warned about the suspicious movement of two boats which could be coming from Karachi in Pakistan. According to the intelligence report, latitude and longitude of the boats has been given, it also mentions that one boat is still holed up in Pakistani water due to a technical snag, while the other one is holding the position near the former.

Earlier on Sunday, a Pakistani boat with nine crew members was apprehended off the Gujarat coast by the Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Samudra Pavak’. Preliminary information available had indicated that those on board were Pakistani fishermen. However, the boat and the crew members were taken to Porbandar for further investigation. The apprehension of the Pakistani boat came days after the Indian Army conducted surgical strike across LoC, following which a high alert has been sounded across the land and sea border with the neighbouring country. Earlier on Friday, the Coast Guard had said that sensitive sea areas off Gujarat coast have been “sanitised” and surveillance enhanced following India’s surgical strike on terror launch pads across the LoC. The Coast Guard had also advised the fishing community and other stakeholders to maintain enhanced vigil and report any abnormal activity either at sea or in areas close to the coast.

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