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Afghan citizen among 2 held during heroin seizure

AHMEDABAD: An Afghan national was some of the two individuals who have been arrested on Saturday by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in connection with the ultimate month's seizure of 100 kg heroin from a boat off the Porbandar coast.

In a joint operation, the ATS, the Indian Coast Guard and the Marine Task Force seized an enormous amount of heroin and arrested 9 Iranian nationals on March 27.

The ATS Saturday said it arrested Mohammed Abdul Salaam Kunni, a resident of Kasargod in Kerala, and Niyamat Khan Ahmedzai, a resident of Logar Province in Afghanistan.

"Interrogation of the nine Iranian nationals and technical analysis revealed that the consignment was to be received by an Indian fishing boat, and further to be brought to the Indian coast," the ATS said in a liberate.

Ahmedzai was tasked with wearing the consignment to Delhi and hand it over to Kunni, who was supposed to take it to Chennai and Mallpuram, from where it will were smuggled out of doors India from quite a lot of ports and airports, it said.

As consistent with preliminary investigation, Ahmedzai was sent to India by a narcotics syndicate in December 2018 on a medical visa. He was staying in Lajpat Nagar in Delhi.

"This was his third visit to India. He was involved in heroin smuggling in the past as well. Ahmedzai was instructed by one Haji Nadar, also a resident of Afghanistan, to contact Kunni and hand over the consignment to him, for which he was paid Rs 8 lakh," the ATS said.

"Interrogation of the Iranian nationals revealed that one Hamid Malik had given them this consignment to be brought to India. Badruddinn Shaikh, who is a merchant from Aurangabad and whose name was disclosed in the information received by the ATS, has been brought to the ATS for questioning," it said.

As consistent with the company, Kunni was supposed to take the heroin in small consignments to Chennai and Kasargod for smuggling it out of doors the country.

The heroin syndicate originated from Pakistan, where opium got from Afghanistan was being converted into heroin, it added.

It additional said the Pakistani syndicate was forced to search out new routes to smuggle heroin out of doors that country as a result of increased vigil by a Combined Task Force-150 (a multi-national coalition naval process force) in the North Arabian Sea and Horn of Africa space.

"Further, due to surplus production of opium in the Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, the supply has increased from Pakistan. It (the syndicate) was exploring the coast of Gujarat to smuggle heroin in India, and recent seizures of 100 kg and 5 kg heroin in Gujarat reflects these efforts by the syndicate," the ATS said.

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