New Delhi, Jan 5: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has made it clear that the four men on the boat from Pakistan were suspected terrorists. They committed suicide which suggests that they were suspected terrorists, he also said.
Further Parrikar also rejected the claim that the four men were drug smugglers and also questioned why smugglers would commit suicide on being intercepted.
Smuggling angle rubbish
Parrikar minced no words while stating that angle being portrayed that these men were drug smugglers is false. The route taken by these people is not the one which smugglers do.
Moreover even the fishermen do not take this route. The route which was taken by these people was an isolated one. Our information clearly states that this boat was at an isolated location. They were stationed in one position which does not in any way indicate smuggling activity.
The defence minister also launded the efforts of the Coast Guard. He said that they have undertaken a very good operation.
They have acted on all the intercepts that they have got and could not have done a better job, he also added.