Coast Guard seizes Pakistani boat carrying heroin worth Rs 600 crore
In a major operation, the Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday chased and seized a Pakistani fishing vessel carrying 200 kg heroin, valued at a whopping Rs 600 crore, to be delivered to an Indian recipient, an official said.
 
Following a tip-off on Monday evening, the Coast Guard lay in wait for the Pakistani vessel, "Al Madina", seized it and detained its crew for interrogation, according to the Coast Guard's Additional Director General, Western Seaboard, K. Natarajan. 
 
The 13-member crew of an Indian fishing vessel which was in the vicinity to receive the contraband has also been arrested. 
 
Based on intelligence inputs from the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and other agencies that a Pakistani fishing boat was planning to deliver a huge narcotics consignment to an Indian fishing vessel, the Coast Guard were diverted ships to the location in the Arabian Sea off Jakhau in Kutch region of southwest Gujarat, bordering Pakistan.
 
Early on Tuesday, a Coast Guard ship intercepted the "Al Madina" which resorted to evasive manoeuvres in a bid to escape. While fleeing, the fishing vessel's crew also managed to jettison its illegal cargo of narcotics, but the Coast Guard ships managed to retrieve the bags containing the drugs later.
 
The Coast Guard ships continued to chase the ship and managed to apprehend it within Indian territorial waters despite encountering rough seas in the darkness.
 
Preliminary tests by the Coast Guard, through a drug testing kit, revealed the contraband was heroin, packed in some 195 packets weighing around 200 kg, Natarajan said.
 
The Pakistani vessel is being searched in detail and its crew being interrogated thoroughly for further investigations, details of which are awaited.
 
This is the second major success in an anti-narcotics operation on the high seas for the Coast Guard in the past two months.
 
Last March, the force and a team of the Anti-Terrorism Squad from Ahmedabad had jointly effected a seizure of 100 kg heroin, valued at Rs 300 crore, off the Gujarat coast, said Natarajan.
 
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DRI unravels global racket in drones smuggling
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Ahmedabad has busted, what it claims to be, an international racket involving smugglers from Pakistan, China, Myanmar and India teaming up to import high-end drones into Indian heartland through the northeastern border of India.
 
The DRI stated in a release on Thursday that its officials rounded up the alleged Ahmedabad-based mastermind of the racket and he has admitted the offences.
 
The agency said the racket had been going on since 2017 and thousands of drones valued at over Rs 10 crore and involving duty evasion of around Rs 3 crore have been smuggled into India.
 
The DRI has been able to intercept and seize 85 high-end drones of DJI Mavic, DJI Phantom and MI brands. Besides, 27 DJI Mavic Air Fly More Kit and 34 DJI Ronin S hand-held gimbal stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera, smuggled from China, having a market value of more than Rs 1 crore, were also seized from the tempo van that was carrying the smuggled goods from Air Cargo Complex, Ahmedabad and from the shop of the allegedly involved person in Paldi area of Ahmedabad.
 
According to DRI, Pakistani-based firms placed an order for drones with Chinese firms. The drones were supplied by Chinese firms to a warehouse in Dehong, Yunnan located in South China and is close to the eastern border of Myanmar. From Dehong, the Myanmar smugglers were tasked to get them across China-Myanmar border into Myanmar.
 
After the drones reached Myanmar, they were transported hundreds of kilometres away to a place called Tamu in Mayanmar. From there, it was transported to India through Moreh and on to Imphal.
 
Different modes of transport were used to reach the drones till Imphal. And from Imphal, domestic airlines were used to get the drones to Ahmedabad. This was done by declaring the prohibited cargo as camera stand, household goods, electronic items and so on to elude detection by Indian agencies, the DRI release stated.
 
From Ahmedabad, it was couriered to different locations in India. The money was sent to the Ahmedabad-based "smuggler" by the Chinese company through hawala transaction operating from Mumbai.
 
According to the DRI, the illegal drones in private hands could be a threat to national security since they could be used for espionage and sabotage purposes by the enemy states and anti-national and terrorist groups.
 
Considering the security risk involved, equipment type approval from wireless planning and coordination wing of the department of telecommunication, import clearance from Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Foreign Trade import licence, DGCA unique identification number, among other things, are required for the import of drones into India, the DRI stated.
 
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Veeresh

1 month ago

Please try and take a toy drone or similar as checked in baggage at most airports in India and be prepared to be called for secondary checks including full identity. Here it seems full cartons were going through?

CA Exam postponed as centres were holding UPSC exams: ICAI
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has clarified that the postponement of exams on June 2 and 4 was because the examination centers were holding UPSC tests on the same day.
 
The paper on June 4 was postponed to June 13 so that Group I of CA final exams was completed before commencing Group II papers, ICAI said on Wednesday.
 
"Postponement of Paper on June 2 to June 4 was occasioned by the inability expressed by many exam centres to conduct the exam on that date owing to their holding Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams on that day," ICAI said in a statement.
 
Besides, the institute clarified that the postponement of Paper on June 9 to June 13 was necessitated for the convenience of the common candidates of the Foundation Exam of ICAI and the Foundation exam of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India scheduled on June 9.
 
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