Indian Coast Guard DIG to Face Court Martial for Blowing up Pakistani Boat
NEW DELHI: Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali is set to face a court martial for his controversial remarks regarding the Pakistan boat that was blown up off the Porbandar coast on the night of December 31.
The court martial proceedings are likely to begin in September, Defence Ministry sources said.
In May, The Indian Express reported that the probe against Loshali, carried out by a three-member team, had found “substance to believe” that he contradicted the government’s stand that the boat “blew itself off”. “
Given the severity of the officer’s action, he will face a court martial.
"The inquiry had recommended stringent action against him," said a Defence Ministry source.
A board of inquiry indicted Loshali on May 3 after he contradicted the government’s version of events that all four crew members of the “terror” boat had been killed after they blew themselves up following a high speed chase to avoid arrest, The Times of India reported.
The board was constituted in February after it found the coast guard’s response to a show cause notice ‘unsatisfactory’. The notice was issued after he revealed in a video he had ordered to blow up the boat off the Porbander coast.
Rejecting his stance, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Coast Guard consistently held the aforementioned stance relating to the interception of the boat on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.
In his admittance, Loshali had said, “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.”
On February 18, the DIG backtracked on his claims, saying he was misquoted. “I do not subscribe to the report. I have not made this statement. 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.”
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam had responded to the incident, saying, “Remaining shrouded in mystery since day one, the drama of the so-called terror boat is now unfolding. The latest Indian media reports actually confirmed our findings.”
Further, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had said the incident tore off India’s veil of being a peaceful country of the region.
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