Update January 3, 2015

Dhaka 4-36 pm, 23-September, 2020

Pakistan boat blows up, Indian coastal warning to Bangladesh

FR Fateh

INDIA-PAKISTAN-POLITICS

This handout photograph released by The Indian Ministry of Defence on January 2, 2015, is said to show a burning vessel off the coast of the western Indian state of Gujarat in the Arabian Sea early on January 1, 2015. The crew of a Pakistani fishing boat blew up and sank their vessel after trying to evade capture at the hands of the Indian navy in a high-speed chase at sea, officials said. All four people on board the vessel from near the Pakistani port city of Karachi are believed to have been killed in the dramatic episode in the Arabian Sea on New Year’s Eve, according to India’s defence ministry.

 

3 January 2015, Nirapad News : A Pakistani fishing boat, suspected of carrying explosives, was intercepted by the Coast Guard in the Arabian Sea, near Gujarat, around midnight Wednesday but its four occupants blew it up after a nearly hour-long chase, said the Indian government on Friday, adding that there was no trace later of either the boat or people on board.

A day after the incident, a terror plot eerily reminiscent of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, India has declared a ‘red alert’ in its coastal regions. Coast guards and police in coastal states have been asked to step up vigil on all shipping and fishing trawlers approaching Indian waters, asking them to look out for unaccounted vessels whose movements evoke suspicion.

Indian intelligence says it has received inputs of a 26/11 Mumbai style terror attack by Islamic radicals backed by Pakistani agencies last month. India also says Bangladesh should also stay alert because its offshore islands could be used as a launching pad for a terror attack on any of its coastal cities. Radicals looking to avenge tough action by Sheikh Hasina government against their activists may plan such attacks, it said.

Indian intelligence agencies claim Islamic radicals in India and Bangladesh have developed ‘operational networks’ that were exposed by the October 2 explosions in West Bengal’s Burdwan town. ‘From a stray attack to a full scale assault, everything is possible and we are sure the Bangladesh security forces and agencies are ready to face any threat,’ said a senior Indian intelligence official.

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