Boat that sparked fear belongs to Aussie, says minister: 10 facts

Three AK-47 rifles and some bullets were found on the boat.

Mumbai:
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the boat carrying three AK-47s is owned by an Australian couple who abandoned it after engine problems. Prima facie, there’s no angle of terror, but it’s unclear why he was carrying weapons.

Here are 10 latest big story updates:

  1. The damaged boat was found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad, 190 km from Mumbai, by fishermen. Three AK-47 rifles, bullets and documents were found there.

  2. Devendra Fadnavis, who also manages the home department of Maharashtra, said: “So far there has been no terrorist angle. But an investigation is ongoing. We cannot rule out any angle for the ‘moment. I’m just sharing primary information. there’s no panic’.

  3. “Also, we cannot say why there was ammunition present on the boat at this time. The matter is under investigation,” he added.

  4. “We are in contact with central agencies and they have confirmed this information,” Fadnavis said.

  5. At present, the local police and anti-terrorism squad are investigating the case.

  6. The boat, called Lady Han, is owned by Hana Laundergun, an Australian citizen. Her husband James Harbert is the captain, Mr Fadnavis said.

  7. The 16m boat was en route to Europe via Muscat when it suffered engine trouble on June 26. At around 1 p.m. that day, the boat’s crew was rescued.

  8. But the boat could not be towed and was abandoned. Eventually he reached the coast of Harihareshwar.

  9. Security has been tightened on the coast and the area has been placed on high alert. The Coast Guard and other agencies have been notified.

  10. Raigad MLA, Aditi Tatkare, said she had requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for a special investigation into the incident. She also said the incident is a major safety alert as it comes a day before a major festival.

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