Ghost boat 'smuggles weapons into India from Pakistan,' sparking fears

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  1. Soumya1989

    Soumya1989 Regular Member

    Dec 14, 2013
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    A large consignment of weapons has reportedly been smuggled into India from Bangladesh after being shipped from Pakistan, backing the Home Ministry's apprehensions that sea routes could be used for arms trafficking ahead of the polls.

    Indian intelligence agencies tracked a boat named Padma that was docked at Kutubdia port in Bangladesh about two weeks ago.

    The vessel was used to transport the consignment of weapons, which was offloaded at the port before being smuggled into India through the porous border along Bangladesh's Jessore district, sources said.


    Sources said intelligence agencies lost track of the consignment and did not know where it was sent to.

    They suspect the weapons could be intended for insurgent groups, especially the Maoists, who look determined to disrupt the polls in the 'Red Zone'.

    "We suspect the arms were transported to Murshidabad in West Bengal. The West Bengal police have been alerted," said an intelligence officer.

    Maoist strongholds in states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar go to polls on April 10 and 17.

    The sources said the boat began its voyage from the Pakistani port city of Karachi. While intelligence agencies were able to track the vessel's movement, they lost track of the arms consignment after it entered India, they said.

    "As per our information, the weapons were loaded with some other cargo," an officer said.

    The Home Ministry had issued an advisory in February that coastal states should stay alert to prevent the possible smuggling of weapons through sea.

    The Centre alerted security forces about the increased threat of smuggling from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Nepal.

    Sources said coastal routes are preferred to avoid detection. Sensing the increased risk of arms trafficking via sea, it was decided that the Coast Guard and the Navy too should be alerted.

    Other than the trafficking of arms and ammunition, the Home Ministry had warned about the smuggling of narcotics and fake currency through areas bordering Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

    A note prepared by the ministry on security along the international borders ahead of the polls stated that the Chief Election Commissioner had sought coordination between the home and defence ministries for guarding the coastline to prevent the movement of fake Indian currency, narcotics, drugs, criminals and arms and ammunition.

    "To prevent illegal and criminal activities through coastal areas during the general elections, the defence ministry may be requested to sensitise the Coast Guard and Navy to increase the vigil in coastal areas," the note said.

    Ghost boat 'smuggles weapons into India from Pakistan,' sparking fears they could reach Maoist rebels | Mail Online
  3. sesha_maruthi27

    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh(INDIA)
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    Let NaMo come to power, then see what happens to these terror sponsoring countries......

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