Indian Coast Guards caught a Pakistani boat carrying narcotics (illicit-drugs) that worth around 600 crores. It took two days and a relentless search of 200 nautical miles, finally on Tuesday, Indian Coast Guard apprehend the Pakistani boat smuggling drugs in India.
Indian Coast Guard made their search along the International Maritime Boundary Line off the Gujarat coast, a top official said. Director General of the Coast Guard VSR Murthy said that they have booked in six crew members of the boat.
A joint team that will include intelligence agencies will be organised to interrogate the crew members.
How did this all happen?
Indian Coast Guard, on May 19 received a tip from the NTRO (National Technical Research Organisation). Warning Indian agencies about a Pakistani ship trying to get inside of Indian waters said, Murthy.
A whole day later, simillar input was received by the maritime security agency from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. That made the search operation more severe. As two different sources have already confirmed the same input.
Reacting to the tips received, Indian Coast Guard deployed Aranjay, which is a fast patrol vessel, along with two interceptor boats and an aircraft for investigating the sea.
Yesterday on May 21, the Coast Guard caught ‘Al-Madina’, a Pakistani fishing trawler, eight nautical miles inside Indian waters off the Jakhau coast.
“The suspect boat did deceptive manoeuvres to evade the coast guards. Though, they were soon caught by the coast guards, despite the rough sea conditions,” Murthy said.
After realising that they are going to get caught, the crew member of Pakistani boat started to threw bags of illicit substance into the water. Later Coast guards retrieved seven bags out of the water.
Indian Coast Guards retrieved 194 packets of suspicious substance that are suspected to be drugs. Though it is further needed to be verified by the appropriate agencies, to find out what substance is packed inside 194 packets.
This is the second time in this year, Indian Coast Guard has seized such a large amount of heroin (drugs) from the coast of Gujarat. After the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, terrorists used this same sea route to enter Indian.
Its good security has been raised ever since.