The Indian Navy was put on the highest alert in Mumbai on Thursday after some schoolchildren claimed that they saw men carrying arms near the Uran naval base.
The students claimed that they saw five suspicious-looking men in black clothes, carrying heavy sac bags and long weapons in Uran, which is near the naval base in Mumbai. Reports stated that the students of the UES school gave the information to the principal, who, in turn, alerted the police of the suspicious activity.
Intensive search operations were launched in and around Mumbai soon after. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Crime Branch, and Force-I team of the Mumbai police were called in to investigate the incident. Uran Session Court was also evacuated by security forces.
A massive search operation is underway for the second day in Mumbai, especially along the coast and in the Uran area of Navi Mumbai.
12:35 p.m. IST: Police to search every house in Uran
A meeting held by Major General Dushyant Singh concluded a few minutes ago. The security forces will now begin to search every house in Uran for the terror suspects. Reports state that around 150 houses in the area will be searched during the operation.
11: 30 a.m. IST: Search periphery increased; NSG, Force One join operations
The NSG and Force One joined in the combing operation in the area on Friday morning, and the periphery of the search area has been widened.
11: 15 a.m. IST: Mumbai police joint commissioner confirms a state of alert has been declared
"We have declared a state of alert in the city following the incident and requisite steps are being taken to secure it," said Deven Bharti, joint commissioner (law and order), of the Mumbai police.
11:00 a.m. IST: Abandoned boat terror angle ruled out
Maharashtra Home Department rules out terror angle in seized boat matter, says boat was used by three locals for diesel theft.
9:35 a.m. IST: Maharashtra Home Department confirms investigation into abandoned boat
The Maharashtra Home Department has confirmed that it is probing the seizure of an abandoned boat found on September 7 near Uran, Navi Mumbai.
9:00 a.m. IST: Mumbai police released the sketch of two terror suspects who were seen in Uran
8:00 a.m. IST: Security tightened at Mumbai airport
Security has been tightened at the Mumbai international and domestic airport in the wake of the terror alert.
7:00 a.m. IST: Massive combing operations were launched on Thursday night, the operations are still underway
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Faadnavis has assured the public that everything is being done to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.
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