21 April, New Delhi
The Indian Navy and Coast Guard yesterday intercepted a boat with eight suspected Pakistani smugglers and more than 200 packets of heroin during an operation in international waters off the Gujarat coast.
A Defence Ministry statement issued in New Delhi Tuesday said that the operation was launched last week on the basis of intelligence inputs. It said, the vessel was monitored by Indian warships and surveillance planes for several days before being intercepted.
The operation also resulted in the apprehension of eight Pakistani nationals manning the boat, which is being brought to Porbander post for further investigation by law enforcement agencies.
The statement added that Coast Guard personnel found 232 packets of narcotics, believed to be heroin with a street value of 600 crore rupees, satellite phones and global positioning systems on the boat. The phones and GPS were being used to facilitate trans-shipment of contraband to another boat.