New Delhi, Aug 6: The mystery surrounding the Iranian boat which was captured by the Indian Coast Guardoff the Alappuzha coast in the month of July will be unearthed by the National Investigating Agency.
The NIA has said in a release that the probe into this incident has commenced.
A case has been registered at the NIA's branch office in Kochi under sections 3, 7 of Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981, the NIA note also states.
The coast guard had on July 3 2015 intercepted a boat from Iran with 12 foreigners. A team of the NIA is at the Vizhinjam coast in Thiruvananthapuram where preliminary investigations have begun.
A mystery needs to be unearthed:
The Kerala police were probing into this case after the boat was intercepted. The answers that were given by the persons who were on the boat which came from Iran was inconsistent.
They were claiming that the vessel was damaged and hence they had strayed into Indian waters so deep. They had drifted a lot into the Indian waters and this is quite abnormal, the preliminary probe had found.
It was also stated that two Pakistani nationals had gone missing in connection with this case. None of the inmates of the boats were able to give us any clarity about these Pakistani nationals.
The suspicion is that this boat was smuggling either drugs or arms. It is now up to the NIA to unearth this mystery.