Navy says was in 'loop' in suspect terror boat operationtext_fields
New Delhi: The Indian Navy Tuesday said it was in the "loop" during the operation on the suspected terror boat which was burnt by its occupants following a chase Jan 1, and dismissed reports that it did not respond to intelligence provided by the NTRO.
In a "clarification" issued Tuesday, the navy said all standard operating procedures were followed.
"Indian Navy denies reports in some sections of the media saying that it (navy) had not reacted to the intelligence provided by the NTRO. It is clarified that the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have responded appropriately to the situation as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs)," the navy said in a statement.
"Indian Navy as the nodal agency for the overall maritime security of the nation was kept in the information loop throughout," it said.
A suspected terror boat was intercepted by the Coast Guard off the Gujarat coast Dec 31 after the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) intercepted a conversation between the Pakistan maritime authority and the boat's occupants.
The boat was monitored, and it was found to be stationary for a long time. However, when a Coast Guard vessel approached it, the boat tried to escape.
Following a chase, according to the defence ministry, four occupants seen on the boat went to a compartment under the deck and set the boat on fire, resulting in an explosion.
Questions are being raised in the media on the nature of the "illicit transaction" being carried out by the suspicious vessel in the Arabian Sea.
The Congress has asked the BJP-led government to come clean on conflicting reports in the media. It said every citizen of the country has the right to question the government.
Some reports said the Western Naval Command was not alerted about the intelligence report.