New Delhi: The Pakistani boat 'Yaseen' was apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard ship Ankit, and ten crew members have been taken into custody.
"The Indian Coast Guard ship Ankit apprehended Pakistani boat 'Yaseen' with 10 crew in Indian waters at the Arabian Sea during night Operations on 8 January. The boat being brought to Porbandar for further interrogation," a statement from the Coast Guard said here on Sunday (January 9).
There has also been an increase in cases of such boats being used by Pakistani elements to smuggle drugs and other items through the coasts.
In September 2021, the Indian Coast Guard officers and personnel caught a Pakistani boat with 12 crew members in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast in a similar operation.
In December last year again, the Indian Coast Guard, in a joint operation with the anti-terrorist squad, had seized a Pakistani fishing boat off the coast of Gujarat for allegedly carrying 77 kilograms of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore. Six crew members were also held, and the involved Pakistani boat was 'Al Huseini', sources said.
Coast Guard chief V S Pathania has insured directives to further strengthen patrolling along waters with Pakistan in view of frequent attempts to push terrorists and contraband items, sources said.
The Pakistani boat 'Yaseen' was apprehended when it was around seven miles inside the Indian waters and attempted to escape when they could saw the Indian boat.