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Mundra Port drug seizure case: NIA conducts searches in Delhi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday performed searches at a godown within the nationwide capital. Mundra Port drug haul case and claimed to have recovered “white powdery material”.

“Search was made at Nebsarai, Delhi in reference to seizure of imported narcotic substance by M/s Ashi Trading Company within the guise of semi-processed talc stones. During the search performed right now with the assistance of FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) white powdery materials, containing The talaq was suspected to comprise narcotics, has been confiscated.

This is the third search on this case. The company had performed searches at a number of locations in New Delhi on October 12 in reference to the case.

This was adopted by searches of residential complexes and godowns in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, Alipore, Khera Kalan and Uttar Pradesh’s Noida.

Apart from sections of the IPC and the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the NIA has additionally invoked sections 17 (punishment for elevating funds for terrorist acts) and 18 (punishment for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts) of illegal actions (prevention). additionally utilized. ) Act (UAPA).

The NIA had performed raids throughout the nation on October 9.

The case pertains to the seizure of two,988.21 kg heroin on the Mundra port in Gujarat by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) final month. Heroin was present in two containers, declared as “semi-processed talc stones”, named after Ashi Trading Company of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, from Afghanistan to Mundra port through Bandar Abbas port in Iran. Were down

The case was transferred to the NIA on October 6. The NIA stated that it has registered a case within the matter following an order of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga PV Govindaraju and Rajkumar P have been named as accused within the NIA FIR. “After the registration of the case, necessary action as per law has been initiated for speedy investigation of the matter,” the NIA stated.

Sudhakaran and Govindaraju, a pair from Chennai, personal an organization that was transport the banned materials. Govindaraju is the proprietor of M/s Aashi Trading Company registered at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, which was importing talc from Coimbatore from a agency named M/s Hassan Hussain Ltd. The prince labored in Iran and was reportedly “coordinating with foreign suppliers”.

According to a launch issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), thus far 9 folks have been arrested within the case, together with 4 Afghans and one Uzbek nationwide. All the arrests have been made by the DRI. The Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate are additionally probing the matter.

Last month, a particular courtroom for the NDPS in Gujarat directed the DRI to research whether or not the import of products “had any benefit to the Mundra Adani Port, its management and its authority”.

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With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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