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Defense ministry to probe officer's claim that Indian coast guard blew up Pakistani boat

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar gestures to a journalist during a press conference at the Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Parrikar said he will investigate a senior officer's comment that an Indian coast guard vessel had destroyed a Pakistani "terror boat" late last year, contradicting the ministry's position that the men on board blew up their own boat. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar gestures to a journalist during a press conference at the Aero India 2015 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Parrikar said he will investigate a senior officer's comment that an Indian coast guard vessel had destroyed a Pakistani "terror boat" late last year, contradicting the ministry's position that the men on board blew up their own boat. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)  (The Associated Press)

India's defense minister says he will investigate a senior officer's comment that an Indian coast guard vessel had destroyed a Pakistani "terror boat" late last year, contradicting the ministry's position that the men on board blew up their own boat.

The Indian Express newspaper reported Wednesday that coast guard officer B.K. Loshali had said he had given the order to blow up the boat. Loshali later said he had been misquoted, but the newspaper released a recording of the speech which included the comments.

Defense minister Manohar Parrikar said he would discipline the officer if an inquiry proved he had made the remarks. No further details about the inquiry were given.

India has been more aggressively monitoring its coast since Pakistani gunmen launched a deadly attack on Mumbai in 2008.