Mumbai, May 21: In a major operation on the high seas, the Indian Coast Guard on early Tuesday seized a Pakistani fishing vessel carrying 200 kg heroin, valued at a whopping Rs 600 crore in the international market, an official said.
Following a tip-off on Monday evening, the Coast Guard seized the Pakistani vessel, "Al Madina", and detained its crew for interrogation, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
The 13-member crew of an Indian fishing vessel which was in the vicinity to receive the contraband has also been arrested.
According to Additional Director General K. Natarajan, Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), late on Monday received intelligence input from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and other agencies that a Pakistani fishing boat was to deliver narcotics off Gujarat and that it was to be received by an Indian boat.
The ICG swiftly diverted its ships to effect interception of the boat. In the early hours, one of the Coast Guard ships intercepted the Pakistani fishing boat Al-Madina off Jakhau in the Arabian Sea.
“Despite evasive manoeuvres carried out by the crew of Al-Madina and rough sea conditions, it was successfully intercepted within Indian waters. During the hot pursuit, the crew threw bags containing suspicious material into the sea. The Coast Guard team, upon boarding the vessel, took the crew into custody and retrieved the material,” Mr. Natarajan told The Hindu.
In March, the Indian Coast Guard had recovered 100 kg worth of heroin in a joint operation carried out along with the Anti-Terrorist Squad, Gujarat.
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