Pakistan-Taliban Drug Nexus? Dispatched from Kandahar, 'Talc' Worth Rs 21,000 Cr Seized in Gujarat

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The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized two containers at Gujarat’s Mundra Port last week with drugs worth Rs 21,000 crore. They were tipped off that it was for supply in India.

The initial estimate showed the drugs were worth Rs 3,500 crore. But after six days of investigation, the catch is estimated to be more than Rs 21,000 crore with a huge amount of heroin.

Top Intelligence sources told CNN-News18 that this is possibly the only way to fund terror activities for ISI and Taliban. The previous Ghani Afghan government had banned this substance but it has now started again.

This is high-quality heroin and verified by the Central laboratory, said sources.

Afghan nationals in Delhi and NCR have been picked up for questioning.

Top sources informed that they have connections with ISI indirectly but everything can be said only after interrogation. “After world economies disowned Taliban this is the possible way they want to fund themselves with the help of ISI. It’s difficult to assess total cost right now but this is almost 3000 Kgs and total cost can be around 21,000 crore,” said sources.

CNN-News18 has also accessed the intelligence note.

It reads, specific intelligence was developed by DRI that a consignment imported by M/s Aashi Trading Company, Vijaywada declared as semi-processed Talc stones originating from Afghanistan and shipped from Bandar Abbas Port, Iran to Mundra Port, Gujarat is suspected to contain Narcotics drugs.

Intelligence indicated that these drugs have originated from Afghanistan.

Accordingly, officers of DRI detained the consignment (two containers, 40 tonnes) for examination under the provisions of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic substance Act (hereinafter referred to as NDPS),1985.

The examination was conducted in presence of experts from Forensic Science Lab, Gandhinagar.

During the examination, suspected narcotics drugs were recovered from both containers. FSL conducted tests and confirmed the presence of Heroin.

Accordingly, 1999.579 Kgs recovered from the first container and 988.64 Kgs recovered from the second container totaling 2988.219 Kgs were seized under the provisions of NDPS Act, 1985.

Searches have been conducted in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gandhidham and Mandvi in Gujarat.

Two persons have been arrested and a number of persons and entities are under investigation. The investigation conducted so far has also revealed the involvement of Afghan Nationals, who are under investigation

The modus operandi was that a Chennai-based couple Govindaraju Durgapurn Vaishali and her husband Machhavaram Sudhakar had imported these containers claiming that they were importing talcum powder. Their Vijaywada-based company, Aashi Trading Company was the importer while Hasan Hussain Limited, based in Kandahar, Afghanistan took care of the export.

The Chennai-based couple have been arrested and have been produced in Bhuj Court and remanded to 10 days custody.

The drugs were first sent to an Abbas port in Iran and then diverted to Mundra in these containers. DRI is further investigating and carrying out raids in Ahmedabad, Mundra, Chennai, Vijaywada and Delhi.

Three more have been arrested in Mumbai (two are said to be Afghans). DRI is yet to give out the names. There is the possibility that more containers docking soon.

It took almost a week for DRI officials to separate talcum powder from heroin before they can come up with the exact value of the drug that was to be smuggled into India.

Intelligence agencies are now tracking the kingpin of this drug trafficking racket. The officials remained unavailable for comment.

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