AUTHOR: AKUL DEV SAHA
Ahmedabad: On Sunday morning, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) intercepted a merchant vessel off the coast of Gujarat, based on an information provided by Intelligence Bureau (IB) and impounded 1500 Kg of heroin worth almost Rs.3500 crores.
The merchant vessel named MV Hennery, registered in Panama, and its Eight Indian crew members have been taken into custody. The vessel and the crew were taken to Porbandar for further investigation by ICG, IB, Indian Navy and Customs.
The vessel was apprehended by ICG ships Samudra Pavak and Ankit after a three-day long search operation for the suspect vehicle. A vast area of the sea was kept under continuous surveillance since July 27th (Thursday). The movement of the suspect vessel was minutely observed throughout till its apprehension by ICG ships.
As per a Coast Guard official, the ship was coming from Iran and was bound for Alang in Gujarat. Conversation among the crew members picked up by intelligence agencies revealed the plan was to sneak heroin into the country via Alang.
Reportedly, this is the largest ever narcotics haul carried out by the Indian Coast Guard.