On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the Mundra Port drug trafficking case, in which 2,988.21 kg of heroin was seized at Mundra Port, Gujarat, by the Revenue Directorate last month.
The NIA on Wednesday said it had registered a case on the matter following an order from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The NIA has not only invoked sections of the IPC and the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), but also Section 17 (penalty for raising funds for terrorist acts) and Section 18 (penalty for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts) ) of the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Law (UAPA).
“Since the drugs came from Afghanistan, where the Taliban now rule, there is a narco-terrorism angle attached to the whole thing. The case has international ramifications and that is why it was entrusted to the NIA, “said an official from the Interior Ministry.
The NIA FIR cited Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga PV Govindaraju and Rajkumar P as accused, among others.
“Following the registration of the case, the actions required by law for a rapid investigation of the case have been initiated,” the NIA said in a statement.
Sudhakaran and Govindaraju, based in Chennai, own the company that shipped the contraband. Govindaraju is the owner of M / s Aashi Trading Company, registered in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, which imported talc from a firm called M / s Hasan Husain Ltd.
Rajkumar, from Coimbatore, worked in Iran and “coordinated with foreign suppliers”.
To date, nine people have been arrested in the case. Four of these are Afghans and one is of Uzbek nationality. The total seizure has risen to 3,004 kg, according to a press release from the Press Information Office (PIB).
All arrests were made by the DRI. In parallel, the Narcotics Control Office and the Enforcement Directorate are also investigating the case.
The seizure on September 16 is said to be one of the largest loot in India, worth over Rs 21,000 crore.
A special court for narcotics and psychotropic substances in Gujarat recently ordered the DRI to investigate whether the “port of Mundra Adani, its management and its authority benefited” from the import of the consignment.
The court had asked the DRI to investigate “the modalities and process for scanning and checking that container and shipment to foreign countries and to the port of Mundra when said shipment / container was sent / imported from a foreign country to India and landed at Mundra Adani Port ”.
The judge also said that the DRI seizure of heroin raised “many issues” that should be investigated, including why the match was “registered and landed at the port of Mundra Adani, Gujarat, which is far away. from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh “which is surrounded by other ports such as the port of Chennai.
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