Pakistani boat with 9 held; Rs 280 crore heroin seized in Gujarat | Ahmedabad News – Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: The Indian Coast Guard and the Anti-Terrorist Squad apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members on board in the Arabian Sea and seized 56kg of heroin worth Rs 280 crore from the vessel early on Monday, a defence spokesperson said.
A top police officer said that the Coast Guard had to fire some shots at the boat ‘Al Haj’ as it tried to escape after being challenged by the interceptor ship. Three crew members received minor injuries, said officials. However, the pictures released by the agencies showed only six crew members.

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The accused were identified as Ghulam Kutchi, 44; Akbar Ali Kutchi, 38; Wasim Manat, 36; Mohammed Anwar Tobatiya, 56; Abid Kaliya, 33; Musa Dandhi, 67; Shahid Haroon, 40; Ahmed Ali Cheer, 62; and Shahzad Faqeer Mohammed, 37, all from Karachi.
Officials found heroin worth Rs 280 crore on the boat, the statement said, adding that the boat and the crew members were brought to Jakhau port in Kutch district on Monday night for further investigation.
DGP Ashish Bhatia said the seizure took place nearly 15 nautical miles away from the International Maritime Boundary Line.
“Based on a tip-off given by the ATS, a Coast Guard ship headed towards IMBL and spotted the Pakistani boat sailing in Indian waters after crossing the IMBL. Since the crew tried to speed away with their boat after being challenged, the Coast Guard fired some rounds on them during a chase,” Bhatia said at the ATS headquarters in Chharodi on SG road in the city on Monday.
Investigation has found that Karachi-based smuggler Mustafa was behind this racket. The contraband would have been transported to a northern state had they succeeded in smuggling it in, Bhatia said. This was the second big haul of heroin within the week. Earlier, on Thursday, the Gujarat ATS and DRI had seized nearly 260kg of heroin worth Rs 1,300 crore from Kandla police which had already landed there around six months ago.



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