Indian authorities on Monday apprehended a Pakistani ship “Al Haji, on the Indian side of the Arabian sea near Gujarat, with the consignment of heroin worth almost $36m.
“The operation was jointly carried out by Gujarat’s ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and apprehended nine Pakistani nationals with 56kg of heroin,” Indian Coast Guard said in a tweet.
The boat, Al-Haj, was sent to Jakhau in Gujarat for further investigation.
“Following inputs, a joint team of ICG and ATS, in an interceptor boat, stopped the Pakistani boat. When ICG personnel asked them about their identity, the accused tried to steer away from the boat and started throwing bags in the water,” the Director-General of Gujarat Police, Ashish Bhatia said.
“A chase ensued and the ICG personnel fired at the boat in an attempt to stop them,” the Indian Express quoted Bhatia as saying.
According to Bhatia, the accused had used a boat named “Al Haj” to bring in the drugs at the behest of a smuggler named Mustafa in Pakistan.
Bhatia said that the initial probe revealed that the drugs were supposed to go to North India.
The nine Pakistani nationals who were onboard Al-Haj are currently being detained in Jakhau and will be brought to ATS headquarters in Ahmedabad, Bhatia added.
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