Thursday, 29 March 2012

Ladder found off Jamnagar coast stirs suspicions

Mar 29, 2012
RAJKOT: The investigating officials from central Intelligence Bureau (IB), Coast Guard, Navy and Jamnagar police on Wednesday found two parts of an aluminum ladder from beneath the sea, 12 nautical miles off the Jamnagar.
This is the same place from where AK-47 assault rifle with 39 live cartridges and a magazine stuck in a fishing net was found. On Wednesday, an operation was carried out by different agencies in the sea.
"We had with us the three fishermen who had found the AK-47 rifle. During the search, we found the ladder in a broken condition,'' inspector, Special Operations Group, Jamnagar, R H Hadia told TOI. "We will rope in scuba divers now for deep search into the sea."
On Sunday night, fisherman Mustafa Saalem Mohammed and two others, who were aboard the vessel Al Zam Zam from Salaya, noticed the rifle in their nets. They immediately informed their owner, who tipped off DRI and local police.
The weapon may have been used by pirates or by security personnel of vessels passing through this international water channel. In the former case, the pirates may have dumped the rifle due to the fear of getting caught. The rifle is in a good condition and seems to have been recently dumped into the sea.
The central agencies are now trying to find out if it was part of any consignment. The finding of the AK-47 assault rifle assumes significance in the light of the fact that Pakistani terrorists had used the Gujarat coast to reach Mumbai and wreak havoc there three years ago.

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