BK Loshali denies blowing up Pak boat

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New Delhi: The Coast Guard on Wednesday denied controversial newspaper reports which quoted a deputy inspector general as claiming he gave orders to blow up a Pakistani boat which infiltrated into Indian waters on new year’s eve.

Loshali, the officer concerned rejected the report at a press conference in Ahmedabad saying, “I do not subscribe to the report. The operation was not being handled by me. I was not privy to it completely. I reiterate the boat set herself on fire and was not sunk by Coast Guard.”

An Indian broadsheet daily had quoted DIG Loshali saying that he ordered the boat to be blown up, a claim which flew in the face of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement then that Pakistani militants on the boat blew it up after being cornered by Indian forces.

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“Let me tell you. I hope you remember 31st December night… We blew off that Pakistan… We have blown them off… I was there at Gandhinagar and I told at night, blow the boat off. We don’t want to serve them biryani…” the report quoted Loshali as saying.

But on asking Loshali completely denied the report.