High alert in Uran near Mumbai after kids spot suspicious men

NetIndian News Network

Mumbai, September 22, 2016

A high alert was sounded along India's western coastline near Mumbai today after two schoolchildren reported that they had seen a group of men moving in the area near their school in Uran, near the metropolis, in suspicious circumstances.
The students -- a girl and a boy in their early teens -- informed their teacher about what they had seen and heard, who in turn alerted the local police.
The police swung into action immediately and the Indian Navy's Western Naval Command, the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Air Force also launched a massive search operation for the men.
"IN's Western Naval Command today expeditiously reacted to a report of suspicious movement of some people in Uran area by initiating an alert & informing  all coastal security stakeholders. Searches& other actions as per SOP have been initiated. The situation is being closely monitored in liaison with the police," the spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"No person has been located or apprehended till now," he added.
Senior police officers rushed to the school and talked to the students, who reportedly told them that the men -- four or five in number -- appeared to be strangers, were dresssed in "Pathani suits",  carrying backpacks and weapons and speaking in a strange language. 
While there was no independent corroboration of the children's version, the authorities were, nonetheless, taking the information seriously and carrying out a thorough check of the area to ensure that there was no cause for concern.
The alert came just four days after the terror attack on an Army administrative base at Uri in Jammu & Kashmir.
Apart from the increased police presence in Uran, the police also stepped up security in Mumbai.
The authorities are not taking any chances in their efforts to ensure that there is no repeat of the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, in which ten terrorists sneaked into the city through the sea route and killed more than 160 people.
Officials urged people to report anything suspicious to the authorities and not to spread rumours.
Uran is close to many vital installations and just 40 minutes across the sea from South Mumbai.