National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe in connection with a suspicious Iranian boat which was intercepted off Kerala coast on July 3.
A suspicious foreign dhow with 12 Iranian crew on board was intercepted off Kerala coast on July 3. The crew left Kalat in Iran on May 25. They were detained by the Coast Guard.
The police had recovered a “Thuraya satellite communication set” and a Pakistani identity card were found during the search of the boat. Coast Guard (CG) had reportedly received an input through Kerala Police, regarding movement of a ‘suspicious fishing trawler’ about 100 km west off Alapuzha. Coast Guard Regional Headquarters analysed the situation and launched Dornier aircraft (from Kochi) for surveillance sorties.
The NIA said that it has taken over the probe on the orders of Home Ministry order and has registered a case under sections three, seven of Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981 and under section 3(g) (as per Kerala Police FIR) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act, 2002.
The case was probed by Vizhinjam Police Station in Thiruvananthapuram.
A detailed investigation by the Coast Guard revealed that the position, features and crew details of the boat were matching with the intelligence inputs provided by the State Police.
The apprehended boat along with its crew was escorted to Vizhinjam Harbour and handed over to Police authorities this morning for further joint interrogation by state and central agencies.