Suspicious boat: BJP hails Coast Guard, flays Pak

Suspicious boat: BJP hails Coast Guard, flays Pak

Suspicious boat: BJP hails Coast Guard, flays Pak

Accusing Pakistan of repeatedly aiding terror activities in India, BJP today said it reflects "frustration" of the neighbouring country and complimented the armed forces for foiling a bid similar to the 26/11 terror attacks off the Gujarat Coast.

BJP also lauded the alacrity displayed by the forces in foiling the bid and said it was a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving more powers to them in dealing with terror activities of its own instead of looking up to Delhi.

In a midnight operation in the high seas, a Pakistani fishing boat said to be carrying explosives was intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Gujarat, but the vessel exploded and caught fire before sinking along with four occupants.

"This is yet another attempt by a frustrated Pakistan in aiding terror activities in India, as it has been continuously aiding and exporting terrorism to the world.

"BJP compliments the armed forces for foiling such an attempt as they displayed perfect coordination in tackling terror activities. This also demonstrates Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership of empowering the forces to deal with any such situation on their own," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

The incident which occurred on the night between December 31 and January 1, some 365 kms off the coast of Porbander, generated strong speculation that it was reminiscent of 2008 Mumbai terror strikes, but there was no official confirmation of that with the Defence Ministry merely stating that the boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi "was planning some illicit transaction" in the Arabian Sea.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "Pakistan has always been aiding and funding terrorists. It has now become their regular habit."

BJP Spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, "It clearly shows itself to be a possible terror operation and the Coast Guard certainly need to be complimented for averting possible terror attack."

Sharma said India has time and again offered its hand of friendship to Pakistan which has not reciprocated the gesture and has always resorted to its old habit of exporting terror to Indian soil.

"India started a new chapter on May 26 by inviting the Pakistani Prime Minister to India during the swearing-in of Modi, but it did not respond accordingly. We exposed Pakistan at the international level as well as on the borders.

"It is a victory of the NDA Government led by Narendra Modi on the diplomatic front as well as on the border. This foiled attempt is an example of perfect coordination between various intelligence agencies," he said.

Rao said the Coast Guard foiled the attempts of a suspected terror boat that was spotted near the Indo-Pak maritime border. "Possibly this was yet another attempt to sneak terrorists into Indian territory," he said.

An intelligence-based midnight operation was conducted by the Coast Guard ships and aircraft to intercept the suspect fishing boat, approximately 365 km off Porbander in Gujarat, on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 after a hot pursuit.

There was information that the fishing boat from Keti Bunder near Karachi was planning some illicit transaction in Arabian Sea, a statement by the Defence Ministry said today.

Based on the information, a Coast Guard Dornier aircraft undertook sea-air coordinated search and located the suspect fishing boat and a Coast Guard ship on patrol was diverted and intercepted the unlit boat at about midnight of December 31 in a position 365 km west-south west off Porbandar.