Sending the Navy personnel into a tizzy, about a dozen persons entered the naval jetty area here in two country-made boats in the wee hours of Saturday. Though the naval personnel chased them, some of them managed to escape in a boat while the others also escaped but only after abandoning their boat near the sunken jetty area of Hindustan Shipyard Limited.
According to the police, two country-made boats carrying a dozen persons entered into the Indian Naval jetties area at around 1.45 am on Saturday. One of the guards manning the area saw the boats and blew the whistle following which both the boats rolled back. With two naval boats coming to chase them, the intruders in one of the boats gave them the slip but those in another boat could only manage to reach the sunken jetty area where they abandoned the boat and fled.
The naval personnel captured the boat and Commodore S George is learnt to have lodged a complaint with the Malkapuram police. Sources said the captured boat had fishing nets and the police suspect the intruders to be fishermen but could not say if they were locals or not. “Guards said six people escaped from the captured boat. We are yet to ascertain the facts and also find out the number of persons on the other boat,” said a police official.
It was puzzling how the strangers entered and escaped from the port area. It was equally puzzling how two country-made boats managed to give the Navy boats the slip. Police are investigating how the six persons managed to escape from the port area without getting caught by the securitymen.