3 AK-47s & 10 boxes of live ammunition found in boat off Maharashtra coast


Three assault rifles - some reports indicate they were AK-47s and were found in a dismantled state - and 10 boxes of live ammunition have been found in an abandoned boat off the coast of Maharashtra's Raigad, police said Thursday morning. Security in and around the beach at Harihareshwar, where the boat was seized, has been increased and police are on alert.

Local police officials told a lifeboat was also found and that both were empty. "Coast Guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed... police is taking the necessary action," an unnamed cop said.

Officials have begun an investigation.

The boat was found around 200 km from Mumbai. It was first spotted by locals in the area who then informed police of the boat's location.

Visuals show what appears to be a white powerboat drifting a short distance offshore. A small crowd can be seen gathered on the beach.

“As per primary info, some boats containing weapons and documents found in Harihareshwar & Bharadkhol of Shrivardhan in Raigad. Local police is probing (the matter). I've demanded chief minister (Eknath Shinde) and deputy chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) urgently appoint special team of ATS (anti-terrorism squad) or (a) state agency (to investigate),” MLA Aditi Tatkare said.

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