- Five to six men carrying weapons were spotted near the Indian navy base in Uran, Maharashtra.
- Navy and Coast Guard are carrying out combing operations in the area.
- Maharashtra ATS also have been alerted about the suspicious sighting.
The Indian navy has issued ‘highest state of alert’ after schoolchildren in Uran spotted men claimed to be seen carrying weapons near the navy base in Maharashtra.
Indian Navy chief PRO Capt D.K. Sharma told PTI, the search operation is going on along with Maharashtra police after the matter came to light.
The Western Naval Command (WNC) issued “the highest state of alert” along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts after suspicious movement of a group was reported in Uran. The WNC has roped-in the police and Coast Guard also for the task.
According to initial information received by the authorities, four school students spotted a group of people dressed in uniform similar to that of Indian Army near Uran and Karanja area. The DGP office immediately issued alerts to all police stations along the coast.
Security has been beefed up at sensitive locations along the coast, including the Gateway of India, Raj Bhawan, Bombay High (rig), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and other major establishments near the sea.
The Colaba police also have requested the fishermen to issue an alert if they spot anything suspicious in the area. Security also have been boosted around The Gateway of India and at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Navy conducts search ops after school children in Maharashtra's Uran claimed of seeing 5-6 men carrying weapons near INS Abhimanyu base. pic.twitter.com/GM4LnMq0gE— ANI (@ANI_news) September 22, 2016
According to an NDTV report, the Maharashtra anti-terror squad also have been alerted about the suspicious movement.
Pictures showing armed security personnel combing the Uran area is also doing the rounds on social media groups such as WhatsApp.
Uran is located around 50 km from Mumbai.
(More details awaited.)
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:04 PM IST