New Delhi: A suspicious Pakistani fishing boat exploded and sank after its crew set fire to it. The boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard and navy in the Arabian Sea before it was set to fire. A defence ministry statement has said that the boat had set off from Keti Bunder near Karachi and was planning ‘some illicit transaction’ in the Arabian Sea.
Indian Coast Guard ships and navy aircraft tried to intercept the boat near the India-Pakistan maritime boundary, about 365 km from Porbander in Gujarat, on the night of Dec 31-Jan 1. A Coast Guard ship warned the boat to stop for investigation of the crew and cargo. But the vessel increased speed and tried to get away.
Reportedly, hot pursuit continued close to one hour and the Coast Guard ship managed to stop the fishing boat after firing warning shots. “Four persons were seen on the boat who disregarded all warnings by the Coast Guard ship to stop and cooperate with investigation,” said an official statement.