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Gujarat trawler was hijacked on high seas, says owner

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | November 28, 2008 12:27 IST

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According to a home department senior officer in Gujarat, the Narendra Modi [Images] government has completed its part of the investigation connected to the Mumbai terrorist attack.

According to the investigation from the Gujarat end, Vinu Masania of Porbander has told the Gujarat police that his fishing trawler, Kuber, had gone missing around November 14-15. He didn't lodge a complaint with the police since normally fishermen know that on the high seas if a boats loses its way it comes back within a week.

The Gujarat police got the primary information from the Mumbai police on the basis of the interrogation of the terrorist Ismail captured on Wednesday by the Mumbai police.

Ismail has told the Mumbai police that they had hijacked the Gujarat-registered trawler, and killed all the fishermen except the helmsman Amar Singh [Images] Tandel who took them up to Mumbai. On reaching Mumbai he too was killed, and . His dead body was found off the coast near Mumbai.

Masania has been in the custody of the Coast Guard since Thursday in Porbander.

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