The Indian Coast Guard alongside with the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist (*30*) apprehended a fishing boat, carrying eight Pakistani nationals and 30 kg of heroin, close to Kutch district’s Jakhau coast on Thursday, an official assertion stated.
IMAGE: The 8 (*8*) nabbed by the Coast Guard and Gujarat ATS. Photograph: ANI on Twitter.
On Tuesday, an enter was obtained concerning suspected narcotics trafficking by a Pakistani boat off the Indo-Pak notional worldwide maritime boundary line (IMBL), the assertion issued by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) stated.
“On receipt of enter, a coordinated operation was launched swiftly by the ICG in affiliation with ATS (anti-terrorism squad) of Gujarat,” it stated.
The suspected Pakistani boat was sighted inside Indian waters on the intervening evening of Wednesday and Thursday, and it was intercepted by the ICG, the assertion stated.
About 30 kg of heroin, roughly Rs 300 crore in worth, was recovered from the boat, it stated.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the consignment being smuggled was destined for touchdown on a Gujarat shore. The boat and its eight-member Pakistani crew are being escorted to Jakhau for additional rummaging and joint investigation,” the assertion talked about.
The previous one yr has proved to be a giant setback for drug traffickers because the ICG has efficiently seized greater than 1.6 tonnes of narcotics price roughly Rs 5,200 crore, it famous.
Earlier in the course of the day, the ICG had tweeted: “The ICG in a joint operation with ATS Gujarat apprehended Pakistani boat PFB (Pakistani Fishing Boat) NUH with 08 Pak nationals & 30 Kg of heroin off Jakhau #Guajrat near IMBL (worldwide maritime boundary line) in Indian waters at the moment (sic).”