Ahmedabad: After an operation spread over 2 days, Indian security forces today apprehended 6 Pakistani nationals who were trying to intrude into India in fishing boats through the creek area of Bhuj in Gujarat.
It may be recalled that the November 2008 multiple attacks in Mumbai were carried out by a group of 10 Pakistani terrorists who came to India from Karachi in a similar manner in fishing boats via the Arabian Sea.
The 6 Pakistanis apprehended today are being questioned and a massive combing operation is underway in the entire creek area spread over many kilometers, said the Border Security Force (BSF), which is responsible for security of the Gujarat coastline.
It said that two days back, intelligence inputs were received regarding intrusion of Pakistani nationals in fishing boats in the Harami Nalla area of Bhuj.
Based on these inputs, a search operation was carried out in the creek area by the teams of BSF, Indian Army troops and Indian Air Force, it said in a statement.
“Whereas, the search operation continues in extremely inhospitable terrain, today on 11th Feb 2022, BSF and Army troops supported by Indian Air Force succeeded in seizing 11 Pakistani fishing boats and apprehended 06 Pakistani nationals from the area of operation,” the statement said.
“Inclement weather, extreme marshy area, mangroves and tidal waters had made the task of the troops challenging, but with sheer grit and determination and with great coordination, troops overcame all obstacles in the conduct of the operation,” it said.
“All escape routes have been effectively plugged and a massive combing operation is still in progress,” it said.
On the evening of November 26, 2008, a group of 10 Pakistani terrorists had reached the Mumbai coast by fishing boats.
They then dispersed in small groups and carried out massive attacks at multiple places, including the iconic Taj Hotel and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal Railway Station, killing 166 people over 60 hours.