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Pakistan boat row: Indian Coast Guard dismisses BK Loshali

BK Loshali

The Indian Coast Guard Board of Inquiry today dismissed DIG BK Loshali from its service for his remarks over the explosion of a Pakistan boat off the coast of Gujarat on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.

Loshali had contradicted the government’s claim that the crew of the intruding Pakistani boat had themselves set the vessel ablaze, leading to an explosion that caused the vessel to sink.

“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,” Loshali had bragged in a video before backtracking and claiming that he was misquoted.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Coast Guard have consistently maintained that the occupants of the boat had “self-destructed” after being chased by Coast Guard ships. Notwithstanding Loshali’s claims, Parrikar had said his ministry stood by its version.