The Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad seized a Pakistani boat with drugs worth 200 crores near the Gujarat coast.
- A Pakistani boat carrying 40 kgs of drugs was seized near Gujarat coast
- The drugs are estimated to be worth Rs 200 crore
- The drugs were ordered by a inmate in a jail in Punjab
A Pakistani boat carrying 40 kgs of drugs worth Rs 200 crore was seized near the Gujarat coast, six miles inside Indian waters. The drugs were ordered from a jail in Punjab, the Gujarat Police said in a statement.
Acting on a tip-off, the Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) caught the Pakistani boat Al Tayyasa, 33 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Gujarat.
Six crew members, along with the boat, were brought to Jakhau for further investigation.
Addressing the media, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia said, “Major drug syndicate operating from jails in Punjab. Till now it is revealed criminals from Amritsar jail, Faridkot jail and Kapurthala jail getting drugs from Pakistan and other countries.”
Criminals inside jail are using mobile phones and through WhatsApp calling getting drug consignment delivered in India, the DGP said.
“One Nigerian national inside a jail in Amritsar and another jail inmate inside Kapurthala jail are drug peddlers. They had ordered drugs from Karachi in Pakistan. One drug lord based in Karachi sent the drugs from Pakistan,” the DGP said.
Both criminals inside Amritsar jail and Kapurthala jail are wanted in the case, he said.
The DGP further said that this is not the first time that jail inmates have ordered drugs from outside India. “A drug seizure happened from Mundra few months back. Drugs were found from a parked container wrapped in clothes,” he said.
The Coast Guard and the state ATS have foiled similar attempts of drug smuggling off the Gujarat coast in the past as well.
In October 2021, a consignment of 2,988 kg of heroin was seized from Gujarat’s Mundra port, which was estimated to be Rs 21,000 crore. It was one of the biggest drug hauls near the Gujarat coast.
Last month, the Border Security Force (BSF) had seized two Pakistani fishing boats from a creek close to the Indo-Pak border in Gujarat’s Kutch district.