A Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members and carrying 77 kg of heroin value round Rs 400 crore was caught within the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, officers mentioned on Monday.
The drug seizure was made after Sunday midnight in a joint operation by the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), round 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat, they mentioned.
“They caught the Pakistani fishing boat ‘Al Huseini’ with six crew members on board within the Indian waters and seized “77 kg of heroin value roughly Rs 400 crore,” Gujarat’s defence PRO mentioned in a tweet within the morning.
The boat was later dropped at the Jakhau coast for additional investigation, he mentioned.
The Gujarat ATS in a launch mentioned the Pakistani boat had left the Karachi port and was attempting to determine contact utilizing very excessive frequency (VHF) radio channel and code phrases, ‘Hari-1’ and ‘Hari-2’, for the supply of the medication.
The joint operation was carried out after the ATS acquired a tip-off that the boat from Karachi was to succeed in round 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast, after crossing the Worldwide Maritime Border Line between the 2 international locations, it mentioned.
The boat, belonging to at least one Shahbaz Ali, left the Karachi port and its crew members loaded the medication despatched to them on a fibre boat at a distance of six nautical miles from the Karachi port.
Preliminary interrogation of the captured Pakistani nationals revealed the heroin was provided by two Pakistani smugglers, recognized as Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam, and in keeping with the tip-off, it was to be delivered to folks related to the underworld in Punjab, the ATS mentioned.
It was to be offloaded someplace alongside the Gujarat coast in Kutch, it mentioned.
When challenged, the boat’s crew members tried to flee. However, the boat was outmaneuvered and the crew members have been pressured to give up by the ICG and ATS workforce, a defence launch mentioned.
Regardless of opposed climate situations, the boat was totally rummaged and 5 baggage containing roughly 77 kg of heroin have been seized.
“The market worth of the seized narcotics is estimated to be roughly Rs 400 crore,” it mentioned.
The ATS mentioned it has performed varied operations and seized round 920 kg of medicine between August 2018 and December 2021, estimated to to be priced at round Rs 4,600 crore within the worldwide markets.
The ATS has arrested some Pakistani, Iranian and Afghan nationals in addition to Indians serving to them smuggle the medication utilizing the Gujarat coast, it mentioned.
In keeping with the Coast Guard, the most recent drug haul is its second joint operation with the Gujarat ATS inside three months.
In September this yr, they’d seized 30 kg of heroin value Rs 150 crore transported by an Iranian fishing boat on the Arabian Sea of the Gujarat coast.
Previous to it, in April this yr, the Coast Guard and the ATS had carried out an identical operation and apprehended a ship with eight Pakistani nationals and carrying 30 kg of heroin value about Rs 150 crore, from the Indian waters close to the Jakhau coast in Kutch, officers earlier mentioned.
Final month, the ATS had seized a heroin drug consignment value about Rs 600 crore from an under-construction home in Gujarat’s Morbi district.
The ATS had mentioned the consignment was despatched by Pakistani drug sellers to their Indian counterparts through the Arabian Sea.
In September this yr, within the single largest heroin haul in India, the Directorate of Income Intelligence (DRI) had seized round 3,000 kg of the drug, believed to be from Afghanistan and sure value Rs 21,000 crore within the international market, from two containers on the Mundra port in Kutch, officers earlier mentioned.
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