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NIA takes over Mundra drug haul case, invokes terror charges

The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on Wednesday took over the Mundra Port drug haul case, during which 2,988.21 kg of heroin was seized at Mundra port, Gujarat, by the Directorate of Income final month.

The Narcotics had been disguised as consignment of ‘semi-processed talc stones’ originating from Afghanistan. The consignment had arrived from Bandar Abbas Port, Iran.

The NIA on Wednesday stated it had registered a case within the matter following an order from the Ministry of Residence Affairs. The NIA has not solely invoked sections of IPC and the Narcotics Medication and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act but in addition Part 17 (punishment for elevating funds for terrorist act) and Part 18 (punishment for conspiracy to commit terror acts) of the Illegal Actions Prevention Act (UAPA).

“On condition that the medication originated from Afghanistan the place the Taliban are ruling now, there may be an angle of narco-terrorism linked to the entire affair. The case has worldwide ramifications and that’s the reason it has been given to NIA,” a house ministry official stated.

The NIA FIR has talked about Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga PV Govindaraju and Rajkumar P as accused, amongst others.

“Pursuant to registration of the case, requisite actions as per legislation for expeditious investigation of case have been initiated,” NIA stated in an announcement.

Chennai-based Sudhakaran and Govindaraju personal the corporate which was delivery the contraband. Govindaraju is the proprietor of M/s Aashi Buying and selling Firm, registered in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, that was importing the talc from a agency known as M/s Hasan Husain Ltd.

Rajkumar, from Coimbatore, labored in Iran and “was co-ordinating with overseas suppliers”.

Until date, 9 folks have been arrested within the case. 4 amongst these are Afghans and one is an Uzbek nationwide. The overall seizure has gone as much as 3,004 kg, as per a launch from the Press Data Bureau (PIB).

All of the arrests have been made by the DRI. Parallelly, the Narcotics Management Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate are additionally probing the case.

The September 16 seizure is alleged to be one the single-biggest hauls in India, value over Rs 21,000 crore.

A particular courtroom for Narcotic Medication and Psychotropic Substances in Gujarat just lately additionally directed DRI to research if the “Mundra Adani Port, its administration and its authority has gained any advantages” from the import of the consignment.

The courtroom had requested the DRI to research “the modalities and the method for scanning and checking of such container and consignment at overseas nations and at Mundra port when stated consignment/container was despatched/imported from overseas nation to India and landed at Mundra Adani Port”.

The decide additionally stated the heroin seizure by the DRI has raised “many points” that must be investigated, together with why the consignment was “registered and landed at Mundra Adani Port, Gujarat, which is much from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh”, that’s surrounded by different ports just like the Chennai port.


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