Police release sketches of two suspects in Uran

Police release sketches of two suspects in Uran

Police release sketches of two suspects in Uran
The Navi Mumbai Police on Friday released sketches of two suspects who were spotted moving suspiciously near a naval base at Uran in Raigad district.  

While the navy called off its search operation, the Maharashtra Police continued with door-to-door searches in the area.  Several schools in Uran and neighbouring areas declared a holiday as a precautionary measure. On Thursday, schoolchildren had spotted five to six gun-wielding men moving suspiciously near the naval base, following which a high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas.

“The police are conducting nakabandis and search operations... let them do their job, there is no reason to panic,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi. The Western Naval Command (WNC) - the sword arm of the navy - has called off its operation. “As of now, our part of the operation is over. However, we are on stand-by mode, should any help be required by other agencies,” a WNC official said. WNC facilities like INS Tunir and INS Abhimanyu at Karanja in Uran are of extreme strategic importance.

“We are not taking any chances. The information, true or incorrect, cannot be dismissed just because it has come from children. Every person out here are eyes and ears of the police... we are continuing with the operation... our boys are there on the field,” an official of the state intelligence department said, wishing anonymity.

The official said that the heightened level of alertness was useful because of the involvement of multiple agencies and crack teams like the National Security Guard, Force One and Quick Reaction Team, besides the police, intelligence agencies and armed forces.

“In view of the Pathankot and Uri incidents, nothing can be taken lightly,” the official said.
The statements of the two witnesses — a girl and a boy — are being corroborated from other sources. While one of them spotted two people, the other said there were five to six men. A team of officials spoke to them together and
separately.
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