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Standard Operating Procedures followed against suspicious Pak boat, DIG Loshali under probe: Indian Coast Guard
With reference to the headline news published in the English daily The Indian Express and subsequent audio video reports in electronic media on a statement by Indian Coast Guard's DIG BK Loshali during the launching ceremony of Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-421 on 16 Feb 2015 at Surat, Indian Coast Guard has clarified that the service stands by its earlier reports and media briefs on the subject and there is no discrepancy from the earlier stated facts of the case.
In a press statement Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said, "It is reiterated that the said operation for tracking and intercepting the suspect boat was conducted professionally and as per the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)."

The ICG ship, which intercepted the boat as per existing SOP issued warning to the boat on loud hailer and VHF and also fired warning shots across the bows (well ahead of the boat) compelling the boat to stop.

Four persons were seen on the boat, who disregarded these repeated warnings to surrender for investigations. Later, the boat was found to be listed to port side and an explosion with fire was observed.

"These facts of the case have also been corroborated through intelligence reports and operational details obtained from the ICG units involved in this operation," said Indian Coast Guard.

The video released by media on the officer's statement and rejoinder issued by the officer, stating that the Officer does not subscribe to the text of the report and that he was not spearheading the Operation is being investigated by the ICG.

Presently a show cause notice has been served on the officer for the serious misconduct on his part as evident from the media reports.

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