SAYS The Operation For Tracking And Intercepting The Suspect Boat Was Carried Out Professionally And As Per The Standard Operating Procedures

New Delhi : After reports in the media about Deputy Inspector General (DIG) DIG B K Loshali of the Gujarat Coast Guard (CG) saying that it was the CG which blew up the Pakistani boat on the night of December 31, 2014, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Wednesday issued a statement stating that it stands by the version of events given by it in earlier reports.

The statement went on to further clarify that there is no discrepancy in the facts that were stated earlier by the ICG. In addition, DIG Loshali too has given a rejoinder stating that he did not make any statement about the incident, and neither was he spearheading the operation. The ICG has also served a show cause notice to DIG Loshali for ‘the serious misconduct’, which it said was evident from the media reports.

According to the ICG, the operation for tracking and intercepting the suspect boat was carried out professionally and as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). It stood by its previous reports, that the Gujarat CG intercepted the boat, issued a warning on a loud-hailer, on the VHF radio frequency, and fired warning shots across the bows, but well ahead of the boat, to make it stop. The four people seen on the boat disregarded CG’s warnings to surrender for investigation. Later the CG found it to be listed to port side and an explosion with fire was seen. The ICG has corroborated these facts with intelligence reports and operational details that were obtained from all ICG units involved in the said operation.

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