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Security has been tightened in Maharashtra's Raigad district and nearby areas after a suspected boat with weapons have been detected near Harihareshwar Beach. The police reportedly found an unidentified boat with three AK-47 rifles and bullets at Harihareshwar Beach and a lifeboat at Bharadkhol in Raigad district. Some locals spotted the boat, having no crew member, in Shrivardhan area, located more than 190 km from Mumbai, and alerted security agencies. 

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said “there is no confirmation of any terror angle. The boat has just drifted here. We are not ruling out anything, investigating all aspects. Police have been asked to be on high alert." Fadnavis said three AK 47 rifles were found on the boat and the boat in a half-broken condition came towards Kokan coast due to high tide. Central agencies have been informed and no possibilities of any consequences would be taken lightly. 

The Maharashtra Deputy CM further noted that the boat belongs to an Australian citizen and the boat's engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. “It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police & administration have been instructed to be prepared," he said.

Raigad Superintendent of Police Ashok Dudhe and other senior officials have rushed to the spot and searched the boat. According to police officials, the crew members of this boat had been rescued in June this year near the Oman coast. The police said the boat came floating to the Raigad coast.

The ANI report stated that weapons were also found on the boat, according to the official sources on the suspicious boat found at Harihareshwar Beach in Raigad and Maharashtra ATS team has moved for Raigad." 

“Nobody is present on either of them. Coast Guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed of the same. Police Department is taking the necessary action," as per news agency ANI report.

(With inputs from ANI)

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