Recently, it has been reported that a lifeboat and an unidentified boat carrying an AK-47, weapons, and bullets were discovered on the shore of Harihareshwar near Shrivardhan in the Raigad district. About 200 kilometres separate Harihareshwar from Mumbai and 170 km from Pune.
Both of the unclaimed boats contained no people. Police officers are inspecting the seized firearms while government agencies are keeping an eye on the issue. With a red alert sounding throughout the entire district, the state government, police, and other organisations have also taken serious note of the speedboat.
A team from the Anti-Terrorist Squad is en route to the scene to investigate the boats that are thought to have gotten lost in the choppy Arabian Sea waves and ended up on the beach at Harihareshwar. Locals assisted in bringing the boat to the shore.
Security has been tightened in the Raigad district and nearby areas.
Additional Director-General of Police and ATS chief Vineet Agrawal is also reaching the spot. The Anti-Terrorist Squad said that it would probe the terror angle.
"The yacht had given a distress call in June and registered in UK. Crew was rescued by Korean Navy and it drifted. Does not appear to be but being investigated thoroughly," said a senior police officer.
Former Maharashtra ADGP PK Jain described it as a very serious incident and said that a comprehensive inquiry is required to determine the origin of the boat. Speaking to the news portal, Jain said, "This is a very serious incident. There is a number of Ak-47 rifles. I'm sure that the Government of India and ATS Maharashtra will be already on job to find what is the genesis of the boat. I have learned that the boat is registered in the UK and travelled all the way to Indian waters. That means It had to be a selective plan. The investigation has to be very very thorough."
Meanwhile, according to officials, the crew members of this boat had been rescued in June this year near the Oman coast. The police said the boat came floating to the Raigad coast.