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Gujarat anti-terrorism squad arrests two for smuggling heroin

AHMEDABAD: Drug mafia and components hired by Pakistan-based terrorist organizations were using a new sea course via Gujarat to smuggle heroin into European and other nations, printed the two individuals arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) here on Saturday.

Addressing media individuals here at the ATS workplace on Saturday, inspector B P Roziya of Gujarat ATS mentioned that police have arrested Mohammed Abdul Salaam, a resident of Mumbai, who is from Kasargod in Kerala, and Niyamat Khan Ahmedzai of Logar province in Afghanistan, who was once in Delhi on a clinical visa for treatment of prostrate ailment.

“The smugglers needed to discover a new course as a result of intense patrolling in prime seas by blended job force (CTF) shaped by the US and Australian Navy. They were conserving an in depth vigil in North Arabia Sea and Horn of Africa space — the previous routes that have been used earlier to smuggle heroin from Pozam Port of Pakistan,” mentioned Roziya.

ATS assets mentioned that this was once the second time they'd used the Gujarat coast to smuggle heroin. Earlier in November 2018, Gujarat ATS had busted every other heroin smuggling racket which used the Gujarat beach twice.

“As a ways as shifting of heroin consignment is anxious, we have now nabbed one Badruddin Shaikh, also a resident of Mumbai. We are probing his position in landing of the stuff in Gujarat waters,” added an ATS official.

On the night time of March 27, Gujarat ATS and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a joint operation intercepted an Iranian dhow about 170 nautical miles off the Porbandar coast.

“Despite warnings, the workforce contributors of the dhow set it ablaze, however officers of Gujarat ATS and ICG controlled to salvage 100kg of heroin price Rs 500 crore and arrested nine Iranians,” mentioned a top Gujarat police official.

Deputy inspector common of police (operations) Himanshu Shukla mentioned that one Haji Nadar, a drug mafioso of Afghanistan, had paid US bucks 11,500 to Niyamatkhan to smuggle the contraband into India and hand it over to Abdul Salaam of Kerala.

“An Indian fishing boat was once to obtain the consignment some nautical miles away off the Porbandar coast and convey it to probably the most Indian coasts after which ship it to Niyamatkhan. The heroin then would have reached Abdul Salam who would have taken it to Kerala, Chennai and Malappuram to be smuggled out of doors India from various ports and airports in Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” added Shukla.

Pak connection

Deputy inspector common of police (operations) Himanshu Shukla mentioned that the accused have confessed ahead of them that the heroin smuggling syndicate works from Pakistan. “Opium received from Afghanistan is processed to heroin in Pakistan after which smuggled out thru various routes, together with sea routes in Gujarat,” he added.

Smuggling plan

ATS officers mentioned after stuffing the boat with heroin close to Pozam Port in Pakistan, thru one Badruddin Shaikh, it was once to be landed at an Gujarat coast. “Heroin would have then reached Niyamatkhan in Delhi, who would then have passed it over to Abdul Salaam. Salaam would then take the stuff thru road path to parts of Kerala, Chennai and Kasargod. Badruddin, who hails from Auragabad, suspected to be a key member of the syndicate, is being wondered at the ATS workplace,” mentioned a police official.

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