Uran terror scare: Sketches of suspects issued; schools, colleges shut

Mumbai, Sep 23: Police have issued sketches of suspects spotted moving suspiciously near a Naval base at Uran in neighbouring Raigad district, even as multi-agency search operations are on to trace them a day after a high alert was sounded along the Mumbai coast and adjoining areas.

Based on the description given by some school children at Uran who spotted the armed suspects, their sketches were issued late last night, police said today.

The schools and colleges in Uran and adjoining areas have been shut today.

"As per the reports, five to six persons were sighted in Pathan suits and appeared to be carrying weapons and backpacks," Naval spokesman Cdr Rahul Sinha had earlier said.

Some reports said they were in military uniform.

Despite carrying out massive combing operation in Uran and Karanja areas with the help of Navy, Coast Guard, CISF and Quick Response Team, police are yet to trace the suspects.

The elite commandos from National Security Guard (NSG) and state police's specialised Force One have also been roped in, police said.

Navi Mumbai Commissioner of Police monitored the situation throughout the night alongwith other top officials.

A strict vigil by police and other security agencies is being maintained in the area.