India Returned Runaway Dubai Princess to Protect Strategic Interests

Praveen Swami
April 27, 2018, The Wire

India located the US-flagged yacht, Nostromo, some 50 km off the coast of Goa.

The operation, which the sources said was coordinated by national security advisor Ajit Doval, led to the rendition of the 33-year-old princess, who has said she was seeking to escape torture inflicted by her father. (Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi authorised a secret Coast Guard operation to intercept a yacht carrying runaway Dubai royal Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum after key national security officials advised it was necessary to secure India’s counter-terrorism and strategic interests, highly placed government sources have told Business Standard.

The unprecedented March 4 operation involved three Coast Guard ships, including the state-of-the-art offshore patrol vessels Samarth and Shoor, helicopters and a maritime surveillance aircraft.

India located the US-flagged yacht, Nostromo, some 50 kilometres off the coast of Goa.

New Delhi has so far declined to either con