The Western Naval Command (WNC) issued a high alert along the Mumbai coast on Thursday after two children claimed they saw men in military uniform moving suspiciously near a naval facility in Uran – about 47 kms from Mumbai.
According to the Indian Express, the police said that the two children – who are student of UES school in Uran – claimed that they saw a group of five to six men dressed in black carrying arms near the navy base.
According to NDTV, “ONGC” and “school” were two words that the children overheard the men saying, sources claimed. The men were in “pathan suits” and carried backpacks, the children reportedly said. The student first informed the principal, following which the police was alerted, following which the office of Director General of Police issued alerts to all police stations along the coast.
According to Indian Navy Chief PRO Captain D.K. Sharma, a search operation is being carried along with the Maharashtra police.
The WNC has issued “the highest state of alert” along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts, after the matter was reported in Uran. Security has been increased at several locations along the coast, including the Gateway of India, Raj Bhawan, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and other major establishments near the sea.
The commissioner police of Navy Mumbai said that the children were being questioned while the Anti-Terrorism Squad is verifying the credentials of their claim.
(With PTI inputs)