ATS, Coast Guard seize heroin worth 175 Cr off Gujarat coast, 5 Pak smugglers held

ATS, Coast Guard seize heroin worth 175 Cr off Gujarat coast, 5 Pak smugglers held

Agency News

Ahmedabad/Bhuj, Jan 6: Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Gujarat police has seized 35 kg heroin worth around Rs 175 crore from a Pakistan boat in the Arabian sea off the Jakhau coast of Kutch district in Gujarat and arrested five Pakistan nationals from the boat, a senior police officer of the ATS on Monday said.

Head of the ATS Himanshu Shukla said that they had received credible information that an illegal consignment of narcotic drugs, Heroin, is going to be smuggled in Gujarat through Coast. The information further revealed that the consignment is being sent in Pakistan fishing boat from Pakistan. ATS Officers contacted Indian Coast Guard, and it was decided to launch a joint operation to apprehend the smugglers and seize the contraband.

A team of officers of ATS, boarded Indian Coast Guard Fast Interceptor Boats (IBs) at Jakhau, Kutch, and a joint search was started. Commandos of Marine Task Force and SOG Bhuj-Kutch were kept in boats in Indian waters to help in apprehending the smugglers. Continuous search operation was undertaken near the location, located North West of Jakhau, which was indicated in the information available with ATS Gujarat. A suspicious Pakistan boat was identified at the said location in Indian waters. ICG IBs stealthily started following the boat, and at the opportune moment officers and personnel of ICG IBs along-with ATS Officers successfully boarded the suspicious boat. Search of the suspicious boat revealed 35 packets of contraband heroin on Pakistani boat JamJam.

The approximate weight of confiscated contraband is 35 Kg valuing Rs 175 crores (approx) in international market. "The interrogation of the apprehended accused persons is in progress jointly by all agencies," he said. The five Pakistan nationals apprehended from the boat were identified as Anees Isa Bhatti (30), Ismail Mohammed Kachchi (50), Ashhraf Usman Kutchhi (42), Kareem Abdulla Kutchhi (37) and Abubaqar Ashraf Sumra (55). (UNI)