Mumbai attack boat 'Kuber' ready to sail back

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Porbander, Aug 22 (ANI): MV Kuber, the fishing trawler that the Indian overnment says militants of the Mumbai attacks used to reach the metropolis, has been repaired and is all set to sail back to Porbander in Gujarat.

Hira Masani, owner of the boat said that the boat was in a dilapidated condition and several parts including its engine were to be repaired. After repair, the boat is all set to sail.

"All necessary things like diesel and ration are available in the required quantity. Other security measures like GPS and DAT are also installed in the boat. Fish finder for fishermen is also installed in the boat. Now, Kuber is back in water for fishing, but I pray to god that incidents that happened with it never get repeated with any other boat," said Masani.

The owner is now waiting for the clearance from the customs and fisheries department.

'Kuber' would join over 500 fishing boats, which set sail in the waters of Saurashtra coastline with the onset of fishing season on August 15.

India said that the militants who came from Karachi spent 36 hours on the Kuber after it was hijacked in the Arabian Sea in Pakistani waters and abandoned close to the Mumbai coast. The militants finally reached the Mumbai shore in rubber dinghies.

The journey by militants in Kuber was violent as they allegedly killed the boat's Captain Amarsing Solanki. His body with hands tied and throat slit was found on the boat.

Indian investigating authorities termed the recovery of Kuber as a major breakthrough which provided the first piece of evidence against Pakistan.

Belongings of the gunmen and a satellite phone were recovered from the trawler. They find a mention in the evidence documents and the dossier sent to Pakistan. (ANI)

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