Coast Guard
Indian Coast Guards during the 6th Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise - 2014 (SAREX -14) off the Mumbai coast in March, 2014.Representative image. IANS

An abandoned Pakistani boat was seized on Tuesday by the Border Security Force (BSF) from Tota Guru post (Dera Baba Nanak post) on the Ravi river in Punjab.

Inspector General of BSF Anil Paliwal confirmed the incident and said that nothing was found inside the boat but an investigation has been launched into the matter. However, he added, that boats of fishermen from the neighbouring country sometimes come near the Indian border due to the flow of water, ANI reported.

Intelligence agencies on Monday had warned the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) of two Pakistani boats that had left the Karachi port and were on their way to the coast of either Gujarat or Maharashtra. They had provided the location of the ships and had said that one of the ships was holed up on Pakistani waters due to a technical snag.

The ICG ship 'Samudra Pavak' had seized another Pakistani boat with nine crew members on board off the coast of Gujarat on October 2. The crew members, along with the boat, were escorted to Porbandar for further investigation.

The Punjab police also carried out search operations in Shikar Mashia (Dera Baba Nanak) located in the Gurdaspur sector after suspected movement was seen in the area on Tuesday.

In another incident, terrorists snatched five self-loading rifles from the minority police picket in the Samnoo village of Kulgam's DH Pora sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan violated ceasefire yet again in the wee hours of Tuesday when they began firing at three locations - Kalsiyan, Kalal and Baba Khori – in the Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Defence Public Relations Officer Manish Mehta confirmed the ceasefire violation and said: "Unprovoked firing by Pak Army started around 5 AM at 3 locations in Naushera. No reports of any casualty. We're giving befitting reply." He added that firing at two locations has stopped but was still underway in the third location.

Mehta further added that the Pakistani troops have been using "small arms, automatics and mortars."

The armed forces have been put on high alert since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control on the night of September 28 killing two Pakistani soldiers and 38 terrorists.

People from the border states of Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Gujarat were evacuated and sent to safer locations. School and colleges were also asked to shut down.