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Andaman: Coast Guard apprehends Myanmarese boat, suspected of 'human trafficking'

| Updated: Jul 19, 2016 16:22 IST

Port Blair, July 19 (ANI): The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) while patrolling near the Narcondum Island in the Andamans, seized a suspicious Myanmarese boat along with 11 crew members in a late night operation. On Monday night, the Coast Guard ships were on a routine patrol when they sighted the boat. When asked to stop and identify themselves, the boat reportedly did not respond and increased the speed to run away. According to reports, the crew members of the boat were also seen throwing some items overboard into the sea, causing more suspicion, thereafter the Coast Guard ships fired warning shots across the bow of the boat to forcefully stop them. Finally, the boat stopped and surrendered after approximately two hours of chase. The vessel is suspected to be involved in human trafficking, as large number of used clothes of men and women have been found onboard. The Indian Coast Guard has been maintaining constant vigil in maritime zones of India by deploying ships and aircraft regularly to monitor suspicious activities in Indian waters. (ANI)