Infiltration bid of 5 Pak citizens carrying 35 Kg Heroin foiled at Guj border

Last Modified Monday, 6 January 2020 (12:48 IST)
Bhuj: In the past two years antinational elements involved in narcotics smuggling are trying to infiltrate contraband drug, Heroin, through Gujarat coast. and Indian Coast Guard are committed to thwart any such attempts, and have conducted various operations to nip the menace in the bud.

Anti-Terrorist Squad Gujarat had got credible information that an illegal consignment of narcotic drugs, Heroin, is going to be smuggled in Gujarat through Coast. Shri B P Rojiya, ACP ATS passed this information to Senior Officers of ATS. The information further revealed that the consignment is being sent in Pakistani fishing boat from Pakistan. ATS Officers contacted Indian Coast Guard, and it was decided to launch a joint operation to apprehend the smugglers and seize the contraband. A team of officers of ATS, under leadership of ACP Shri B H Chavda and Shri B P Rojiya, boarded Indian Coast Guard Fast Interceptor Boats(IBs) at Jakhau, Kutch, and a joint search was started.

Commandos of Marine Task Force and SOG Bhuj-Kutch were kept in boats in Indian waters to help in apprehending the smugglers. Continuous search operation was undertaken near the location, located North West of Jakhau, which was indicated in the information available with ATS Gujarat. A suspicious Pakistani boat was identified at the said location in Indian waters. ICG IBs stealthily started following the boat, and at the opportune moment officers and personnel of ICG IBs along-with ATS Officers successfully boarded the suspicious boat.

Search of the suspicious boat revealed 35 packets of contraband on Pakistani boat JamJam. The approximate weight of confiscated contraband is 35 Kg valuing Rs 175 crores (approx) in international market. The interrogation of the apprehended accused persons is in progress jointly by all agencies. The details of the                05 Pak Nationals apprehended from Pakistani boat named JamJam are as follows:-
 (a) Anees Isa Bhatti, age 30 years, r/o Baba Zajeera, Karachi, Pakistan
 (b) Ismail Mohammed Kachchi, , age 50 years, r/o Kemadi, Beet Zajeera, Karachi,   Pakistan
 (c) Ashhraf Usman Kutchhi, age 42 years, r/o Kemadi, Beet Zajeera, Karachi, Pakistan
 (d) Kareem Abdulla Kutchhi, age 37 years, r/o Beet Zajeera, Karachi, Pakistan
 (e) Abubaqar Ashraf Su