fishing trawler which was seized by the Marine Police caught fire

A fishing trawler which was seized by the Marine Police caught fire while it was being towed to Old Goa jetty. Three fire brigades were fighting the fire from two ferry-boats  for three hours till 11.30 pm.
Eearlier, a  team of the Goa Marine Police seized a Kerala- registered fishing trawler moving in a suspicious manner at Ribandar in the wee hours of Wednesday and found 320 plastic cans of suspected highly combustible liquid (alcohol).
Dy SP (Marine) Allen Desa on receiving information last night alerted a night-patrol team moving in the river Mandovi to track the trawler which was moving suspiciously towards the Amona bridge without its navigational lights on.
The team of the Marine Police consisting of four personnel in a speed boat with 40-hp outboard motor tracked the trawler at Old Goa and directed it to stop. But it paid no heed to the orders of the team and started heading towards Panjim.
The team informed DySP Desa who rushed towards Ribandar with PSI Deepak Pednekar and an armed constable from the Panjim Town Police Station. But before they could reach Ribandar the trawler docked at the jetty opposite Goa Institute of Management and the crew fled away.
Desa said when searched inside the trawler they found the 320 plastic cans of 40 litres each. “We immediately alerted the Police Control Room and launched a hunt for the crew. The whole operation lasted at around 2.30 am,” he informed.
Further investigations are being carried out by the Old Goa Police Station.
ASI D R Tari, HC Sashikant Fondekar and PCs Janu Yamker and Kalpesh Gawas under the supervision of DySP Allen Desa and overall supervision of SP Headquarters Arvind Gawas (also SP Coastal Security) took part in the entire operation.      

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