July 30, 2017 03:44 PM

Gandhi Nagar/Delhi (Face2Newdesk)

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a major succeess reported to have seized 1500 KG contraband heroin valuing 3500 crores, but in international market valuing worth Rs. 7500 crores. This was a big haul, which was seized first time. The seizure was made from a merchant vessel off the Gujarat Coast, said defence spokesperson on Sunday. The ICG, Intelligence Bureau, police, customs, Navy and other agencies are further probing the seizure.

“The Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Samudra Pavak’ intercepted and apprehended a merchant vessel carrying approximately 1,500 kg of heroin valued at about Rs 3,500 crore off the coast of Gujarat,” a statement by defence PRO Abhishek Matiman said.

“Based on intelligence inputs, the vessel was intercepted at around 1200 hrs yesterday (Saturday). This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date,” the statement said.He said more details about the seizure are awaited as the ship is in high seas.

The merchant vessel was identified as Panama registered MV Hennery, which was apprehended after a well coordinated three-day operation at the sea. The ship was brought to Porbandar this morning for further investigation. It is still not clear what this vessel was doing in Indian waters.

Earlier this month, the Indian Coast Guard had conducted a joint exercise with Bangladesh to increase synergy and coordination between the two forces at the regional headquarter (North-East) of Coast Guard in Kolkata. The Bay of Bengal is a hot spot of maritime trade and ships of both countries are at risk. A strong search and rescue setup is the need of the hour,” Coast Guard regional commander (NE) IG Kuldip Singh Sheoran had said after inaugurating the exercise. 

An ICG spokesperson had told the agency that the two-day exercise was conducted through simulation at the regional headquarter and was attended by senior officers of Coast Guards of both the countries. Commander Mohammad Radwan and Lt Commander Fariduzzaman from Bangladesh Coast Guard had taken part in the activity. “The iconic India-Bangla search and rescue operation in August 2016 where more than 300 lives were saved showcases the synergy and coordination of both the forces,” said Commander Radwan during the exercise.                                                                            (input from agencies/twitter)

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