Maharashtra boat poses no security threat

Maharashtra on Thursday was put on high alert after security forces captured a boat with three AK-47 rifles and bullets off the Raigad coast. However, later, the officials said that there were no security threats. Maharashtra Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that the boat found belonged to Australian woman and had drifted due to inclement weather.Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare had demanded an urgent enquiry in the matter. "As per primary info, some boats containing weapons & documents found in Harihareshwar & Bharadkhol of Shrivardhan in Raigad. Local Police is probing, I've demanded CM-Dy CM to urgently appoint special team of ATS or State Agency," ANI quoted her as saying.The crew members of this boat had been rescued in June this year near the Oman coast, reported PTI citing officials.It later drifted and grounded ashore, a Coast Guard official said."It is a UK registered yacht which was sailing from Oman to Europe. It had given a distress call and people onboard were rescued by ships in the vicinity of Muscat on June 26," the official said.The yacht also carried some small arms of the AK series, he said.The arms vendor has been contacted and the serial numbers of the weapons found onboard match with the ones missing from the vendor's inventory, the official said."Since a yacht moves slowly, it is permitted to carry small weapons. When the people onboard abandoned the boat, they did not carry the weapons with them," the official said.Later, the boat drifted and grounded ashore.The official said the yacht was badly damaged and partly submerged after being battered by the monsoon winds.Some locals spotted the boat, having no crew member, in Shrivardhan area, located more than 190 km from Mumbai, and alerted security agencies.(With inputs from agencies)

Maharashtra boat poses no security threat
Maharashtra on Thursday was put on high alert after security forces captured a boat with three AK-47 rifles and bullets off the Raigad coast. However, later, the officials said that there were no security threats. Maharashtra Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that the boat found belonged to Australian woman and had drifted due to inclement weather.Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare had demanded an urgent enquiry in the matter. "As per primary info, some boats containing weapons & documents found in Harihareshwar & Bharadkhol of Shrivardhan in Raigad. Local Police is probing, I've demanded CM-Dy CM to urgently appoint special team of ATS or State Agency," ANI quoted her as saying.The crew members of this boat had been rescued in June this year near the Oman coast, reported PTI citing officials.It later drifted and grounded ashore, a Coast Guard official said."It is a UK registered yacht which was sailing from Oman to Europe. It had given a distress call and people onboard were rescued by ships in the vicinity of Muscat on June 26," the official said.The yacht also carried some small arms of the AK series, he said.The arms vendor has been contacted and the serial numbers of the weapons found onboard match with the ones missing from the vendor's inventory, the official said."Since a yacht moves slowly, it is permitted to carry small weapons. When the people onboard abandoned the boat, they did not carry the weapons with them," the official said.Later, the boat drifted and grounded ashore.The official said the yacht was badly damaged and partly submerged after being battered by the monsoon winds.Some locals spotted the boat, having no crew member, in Shrivardhan area, located more than 190 km from Mumbai, and alerted security agencies.(With inputs from agencies)