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'Gun Shot' Sounds Heard At Porbandar Naval Base Were From Firecrackers: Police

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07/10/2016 4:15 PM IST | Updated 07/10/2016 4:25 PM IST
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AHMEDABAD -- A complaint was today received by police of gun shots heard at a Naval base in Gujarat's Porbandar, but later it turned out to be a hoax after the security men conducted a thorough search in the entire area.

"We received a complaint this morning from one of the guards at the communication room of the Naval base which said that he had heard two-three gun shots being fired," Porbandar Superintendent of Police Tarunkumar Duggal told .

"We carried out search operation in the entire area, in and around the Naval base, for about three hours," he said.

"However, after a thorough search operation, nothing was found. The alarm raised seems to be a hoax," Duggal further said.

He also denied that there were any reports of explosion at the Naval base.

The Porbandar city located on Gujarat coast is on a high alert following the surgical strikes recently carried out across the Line of Control by the Army.

The Indian Coast Guard, Navy and the Gujarat coastal police have increased vigil on the coast.

Security has been enhanced on the Gujarat coast, which have vital installations like ports, oil refineries and famous temples at Dwarka and Somnath, following inputs from intelligence agencies about possible infiltration bids by terrorists through the sea route, police had said yesterday.

The alert has been issued for coastal districts of Gujarat based on an input received from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) recently, they had said.

Gujarat, having 1,600 km-long coastline, shares border with Pakistan.

During the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, terrorists had hijacked a fishing trawler from the mid-sea in Gujarat to travel to Mumbai shores.

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