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Gujarat ATS arrests two for smuggling heroin

AHMEDABAD: Drug mafia and parts hired by Pakistan-based terrorist organizations had been the use of a brand new sea route via Gujarat to smuggle heroin into European and other nations, revealed the 2 persons arrested by the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) here on Saturday.

Addressing media persons here at the ATS place of work on Saturday, inspector B P Roziya of Gujarat ATS stated 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 used to be in Delhi on a clinical visa for treatment of prostrate ailment.

“The smugglers needed to discover a new route on account of intense patrolling in high seas by mixed activity drive (CTF) formed by the US and Australian Navy. They had been preserving an in depth vigil in North Arabia Sea and Horn of Africa area — the outdated routes that have been used earlier to smuggle heroin from Pozam Port of Pakistan,” stated Roziya.

ATS assets stated that this used to be the second time they had used the Gujarat coast to smuggle heroin. Earlier in November 2018, Gujarat ATS had busted every other heroin smuggling racket which used the Gujarat sea coast two times.

“As some distance as shifting of heroin consignment is anxious, we've 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 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 team individuals of the dhow set it ablaze, however officers of Gujarat ATS and ICG controlled to salvage 100kg of heroin worth Rs 500 crore and arrested nine Iranians,” stated a most sensible Gujarat police official.

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

“An Indian fishing boat used to be 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 more than a few ports and airports in Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” added Shukla.

Pak connection

Deputy inspector normal of police (operations) Himanshu Shukla stated that the accused have confessed prior to them that the heroin smuggling syndicate works from Pakistan. “Opium obtained from Afghanistan is processed to heroin in Pakistan after which smuggled out thru more than a few routes, including sea routes in Gujarat,” he added.

Smuggling plan

ATS officers stated after stuffing the boat with heroin close to Pozam Port in Pakistan, thru one Badruddin Shaikh, it used to be to be landed at an Gujarat coast. “Heroin would have then reached Niyamatkhan in Delhi, who would then have handed it over to Abdul Salaam. Salaam would then take the stuff thru highway route 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 place of work,” stated a police official.

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