Hard disks stolen from Navy’s under-construction aircraft carrier
Kochi: Leaving the Cochin Shipyard red-faced, hard disks of four computers were stolen from India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), which is under-construction here, on Monday. It is reported that some related equipment also went missing.
Kochi crime detachment ACP is in charge of the probe. The aircraft carrier was in the final phase of construction. The police investigation is on progress focussing on the employees at the shipyard. South police informed that security lapses will be probed.
Police received the complaint regarding the hard disk theft from the shipyard authority on Monday evening.
The construction of the aircraft carrier is on progress at the Cochin shipyard since 2009. The Navy has planned to complete the construction by 2021. The construction was taking place under tight security since the early phase. Police suspect a conspiracy to sabotage the construction work behind the robbery. Also, the fact that no other item was stolen from the shipyard enhances the suspicion.
Four computers were vandalised to steal the hard disks which record the documents on the computer. Hence, the robbery comes under scanner as a move against India’s first aircraft carrier of Navy.
As the aircraft carrier was not handed over to Indian Navy yet, it is assumed that there is no information related to the Indian Navy in the stolen hard disks. The officials also informed that the stolen hard disks belonged to the shipyard .
Responding to the robbery, Navy also asserted that the stolen hard disks did not contain any information related to them.
“There is no need to worry over the stolen hard disks. The aircraft carrier does not belong to Navy right now. It is still under construction at Cochin shipyard,” informed Navy officials.