A day after Mumbai’s Naval base at Uran was alerted after school children saw “men carrying weapons,” a sketch was released based on these accounts. Forces have been combing the area and NSG has been roped in to catch the intruders. The students’ report sent the Navy into the highest level of alert.
Yesterday school students reported seeing masked men with weapons and backpacks near an ammo storage facility. A sketch was released last night based on the account of the teens. The highest level of alert has been sounded and the school, which is near Uran’s naval base, has been closed for two days.
One of the students claimed to have seen one man and the other, a girl, reported having seen five men dressed in black Pathan suits around 7 am on Thursday “speaking a different language”. She also claimed to have overheard the men saying “ONGC” and “school”. Refuting the possibilities of this being a “prank” an officer said that the information is “not being treated as a prank” as the students are both teenagers and “old enough”.
Anti-terror National Security Guard commandos have joined the massive multi-agency search operation in Uran involving the police, Maharashtra’s anti-terror squad or ATS and the Navy. Uran is about 50 km from Mumbai and has important centres like Jawaharlal Nehru Port and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in the vicinity.
India has also been on guard since the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday, in which 18 soldiers were killed. Since the attack, several infiltration attempts have been stopped by the army.