A day after cornering his own party government for glamourising custody of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, former IPS officer and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap on Thursday asked Speaker Kultar Sandhwan for a discussion on sacrilege issue by extending the session by half an hour.Speaking during the zero hour, Pratap said he had moved call attention notice on the issue but it was not taken up for some reasons. Hence, he was raising this in the zero hour. He said when Vidhan Sabha election was going on, then there were two main issues: drugs and sacrilege. A good start has taken place on drugs. “The Chief Minister had held a meeting on the issue of drugs on Wednesday. I want to thank the CM for that,” he said.He urged the Speaker that he should be given 10 minutes to brief the House about the sacrilege issue and the events that took place. He said, “The session should be extended by half an hour as several points are such that the public should know and the incumbent government should also know.”He also raised drugs issue pertaining to 2020 in Sultanwind when 197 kg heroin was recovered and Anwar Masih, an Akali leader, was arrested. “At that time, the Congress had demanded that the biggest drug seller, who is currently in jail, should also be arrested in the case as Masih was considered close to him. But he was not arrested thanks to STF on drugs. It is a small case. But I just want that the person should be interrogated and it should be made clear whether he is involved or not. It was a big recovery and Gujarat Police had tipped off the Punjab Police before the recovery.”Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxLater, Leader of Opposition Partap Bajwa supported his demand and said that he should either be given 10 minutes as he is an expert on the issue or the session should be extended by half an hour. But the Speaker did not accommodate his demand.Speaker pulls up govtSpeaker Kultar Sandhwan pulled up his own party government for not providing copies of the Bills to be tabled in the Assembly to the members. He asked Cabinet Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer to assure the House that the Bills would be circulated in advance so that a healthy and fruitful discussion can take place. Meet Hayer then assured the House that it would be done. The issue was raised by LoP Partap Bajwa who told the Speaker that the Bills, to be passed on the concluding day, were not sent to them.
Surat police on Sunday arrested a couple and allegedly seized cocaine worth Rs 39 lakh from their possession.Acting on a tip-off, Surat Special Operation Group (SOG) officials intercepted a luxury car from Maharashtra and after checking the vehicle, found cocaine packed in plastic bags in it.According to police, the cocaine weighed 36.100 grams and it was worth Rs 39.20 lakh.The arrested ones are identified as Ibrahim Audiya (51) and his wife Tanveer (47), both residents of Mumbai.SOG police inspector R S Suvera said, “We also have seized Rs 2.12 lakh cash, the luxury car and four mobile phones… The duo confessed that they obtained the drugs from a person in Mumbai. The couple hails from Jamnagar city.”
AHMEDABAD: The central government may soon announce allocation of three bulk drug parks to states and Gujarat is considered one of the strong contenders. Fourteen states have submitted proposals to set up bulk drugs parks and the central government is scrutinizing the proposals. Union chemicals minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “We want to reduce dependence on imports for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and are in the process of finalizing three bulk drug parks in the country. Fourteen states have applied for these parks and a committee is scrutinizing these proposals. We will announce the allocation soon.” Apart from Gujarat, states such as Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have submitted proposals. The central government has introduced a special scheme, ‘Promotion of Bulk Drug Parks’, under which grants will be provided to set up common infrastructure facilities (CIF). API-bulk drugs account for around 65% of India’s pharmaceuticals imports and the government wants to make industry self-reliant for APIs through this scheme. API production cost will be significantly lower at bulk drug parks. According to the scheme, the financial outlay of the scheme is Rs 3,000 crore with maximum grants for a single bulk drug park limited to Rs 1,000 crore or 70% of the project cost of CIF, whichever is lower. Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA) president Viranchi Shah said, “The bulk drugs parks scheme aims to make India self reliant in APIs and Gujarat is a strong contender because it has a strong pharma formulations base. Gujarat contributes 28% of India’s pharma exports and 32% of production, so a bulk drugs park will make our ecosystem stronger. API demand in the state is high so a bulk drug park here will help reduce transportation costs. If a bulk drugs park is set up in Gujarat, it will see investments of at least Rs 5,000 crore and generation of 25,000 jobs.”
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested four men allegedly involved in Rs 1,035 crore heroin seizure case through a transfer warrant from the custody of Delhi Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), officers said. The accused include two Afghanistan nationals, Mohammed Hakim Salimi, 46, and Khari Hamidullah Yusuf, 44, both natives of Badakhshan in Afghanistan and Azim Ahmed, 45, a resident of Burari in Delhi. Gujarat ATS has obtained a 10-day remand of the accused. Sources in the Gujarat ATS said that Salimi and Yusuf had processed the drugs which were seized from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. On April 23, the Indian coast guards (ICG) and ATS had apprehended a Pakistani boat named ‘Al Haj’ with nine crew members on board in the Arabian Sea near the state coast and seized 56kg of heroin worth Rs 280 crore from the vessel. The drugs consignment was sourced from Afghanistan and sent to India through a man named Mustafa from Karachi, Pakistan. Following further inquiry in the case, the Gujarat ATS seized 155kg of heroin worth Rs 755cr from Muzaffarnagar. Sources in the ATS said that a consignment of around 50 kg was also sent to Chennai. Later, the Delhi NCB team also began an investigation in the case as some of the accused were living in Delhi.
Five dairy owners in Banaskantha’s Palanpur were booked for allegedly using banned oxytocin injection to increase milk producing capacity of their buffaloes. Oxytocin, a schedule H drug, is banned for retail sale by the union government since 2018 due to its misuse in the cattle industry to increase milk production. According to police, the racket was unearthed during a random visit by two tourists to a few dairy farms in Palanpur.Police said that the tourists — Surabhi Tripathi and Rubina Ayyar — came to visit Mount Abu, a popular tourist site at Rajasthan-Gujarat border. Ayyar is also a member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a non-profit working for animal welfare. On May 6, Surabhi and Rubina visited Chadotar and Khodla villages under Palanpur taluka of Banaskantha, where theyinteracted with a few dairy farm owners. According to police, the duo spotted at least five dairy owners in Chadotar and Khodla allegedly using syringes filled with oxytocin drugs on the buffaloes, following which they informed the Palanpur taluka police station. On May 6 afternoon, teams of police, Food and Drug Control Department and veterinary doctors raided the five dairy farms and seized several bottles of oxytocin and syringes.The five accused have been identified as Prakash Judal, Ashok Judal and Naresh Judal from Khodla village and Imran Makanojia and Arif Makanojia from Chadotar village.All have been booked under sections of IPC 429 for killing or maiming cattle and sections of the prevention of cruelty against animals act in five separate FIRs lodged at Palanpur taluka police station on Saturday night. All five accused own an average of 10-12 buffaloes with them at their farm.“After a complaint was made by the two persons, a team was formed under a PSI level officer and dairy farms were raided. We have confiscated over 12 bottles of oxytocin and the veterinarian has collected blood samples of buffaloes for testing,” said a senior police official.“The entire operation continued till Saturday morning after which FIRs were lodged. The farm owners were initially detained during the raid,” the official added.Speaking to The Indian Express, Rubina said that the accused dairy farm owners were easily accessing the oxytocin drugs from local chemist shops. “The dairy farm owners we interacted with told us that they procure the drugs from a local chemist shop and feed them to buffaloes who have stopped giving milk. Such drugs not only affect the animals but it also has impacts on the humans who consume their milk,” Rubina said.“All five dairy farm owners have tied up with Banas Dairy to supply milk to them. Is it not the responsibility of Banas Dairy and their veterinarians to check whether their sources of milk are being fed oxytocin,” she added.Shankar Chaudhary, chairman of Banas Dairy, a unit of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, told The Indian Express, “I am not aware of this incident and have sought details… If any negligence is found, action will be taken against such dairy farm owners.”
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-terrorists squad (ATS) on Monday arrested three men from a flat in the Vastrapur area of the city for allegedly selling narcotics and psychotropic substances through an e-commerce website for around one-and-a-half-year. The accused would send the drugs in boxes used by a leading e-commerce company and used VoIP and encrypted text messages to save themselves from being caught, he said, The accused procured the narcotics from outside Gujarat and have supplied the drugs so far in various parts of state, including Surat and Vadodara, the official said. The ATS got an input that some persons, hailing from Amreli district, were running the narcotics racket from a rented flat in Vastrapur area of Ahmedabad. Based on that input, an ATS team raided a flat in the Vastrapur area in the early hours of Monday and nabbed two persons with 3.63 kg of narcotics worth Rs 8.28 lakh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, ATS, Harsh Upadhyay told reporters. The seized cache included 321.52 gm of charas, 60.53 gm of opioid derivatives, 19.85 gm of amphetamine and 3.23 kg of cannabis (ganja), he said. The arrested persons were identified as Sohil Shirman and Basit Sama, both aged around 25 and residents of Mota Liliya village in Amreli. They were the couriers for the main accused named Akash Vinjhava, 29, a computer engineer from Amreli. Sohil was working for Shirman for around one year and Sama had joined him for the past three days only, said an ATS officer. Vinnjhava had assigned the financial dealings to his close aide Nanji Ramji Vagh alias Karan, 28, from Amreli. After Sama and Shirman told the police that the entire racket was being run by Vinjhava, an ATS team reached Rajula town in Amreli and arrested him from his residence early Monday morning. "Akash and the others had created an e-commerce website to take orders from drug addicts and used to supply the narcotics through a courier service or through the drivers and cleaners of private luxury buses. They used to acquire the drugs from outside Gujarat. We have also got the details of that supplier from the accused," said ATS DySP Harsh Upadhyay. The accused acquired Charas from Himachal Pradesh, Ganja from Madhya Pradesh, Hybrid cannabis and other psychotropic substances from Mumbai. To dodge the authorities and make their e-commerce venture appear legitimate, the accused used to send the drugs in boxes which are used by e-commerce giant Amazon, the official said, adding that the accused also used VoIP and encrypted text messages as a precaution to save themselves from being caught. "The accused used to accept payments through online mode or through Angadia. Till now, they have supplied drugs in different parts of Saurashtra, Surat, Vadodara and Mehsana," the official said. The three accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Vagh is on the run at present, said police officers. Vinjhava, who ran a business of selling cow ghee, was also found adulterating in the ghee, said officers.
BHUJ: A total of 49 packets containing drugs were recovered after they got washed ashore in the creek area of Arabian Sea near Jakhau in Gujarat's Kutch district, a police official said on Sunday. The drug packets were discovered by Border Security Force and local police and are suspected to be part of the consignment being smuggled on a Pakistani boat recently apprehended by Coast Guard working jointly with the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad, Kutch (West) Superintendent of Police Saurabh Singh said. "Each packet weighs around one kilogram. We are checking whether the drugs are the same that were being smuggled on the Pakistani boat. An ATS team is coming to check and confirm the same," he said. The Coast Guard had apprehended Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven crew members in the intervening night of May 30-31, working jointly with the state ATS on information that it was carrying contraband. However, rummaging of the boat had not yielded any drugs. Preliminary questioning of the seven arrested Pakistani nationals revealed that two plastic bags containing the contraband were loaded on the boat and were to be unloaded in another boat after entering Indian waters, the ATS said. After entering the Indian waters, 'Al Noman' was trying to establish contact with another boat via VHF, officials said. When they noticed the ICG ship approaching them, they threw the two bags into the sea, the officials added.
AHMEDABAD: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday unearthed a psychotropic substance manufacturing factory at the Vapi GIDC in Vapi town of Valsad district and seized 68kg of drugs having a total value of at least Rs 1 crore in the illicit market. According to the NCB officers, four men including a chemist from Telangana, were caught in the case. “Based upon specific information, further developed by NCB Ahmedabad zonal team, a factory involved in manufacture of psychotropic substances was identified and busted at Vapi Gujarat,” said an NCB officer The factory was being used for manufacturing of psychotropic substances mainly suspected to be alprazolam and nordazepam without any licence for illicit sale, added the officer. “The team was keeping surveillance for around a week. Till now, four persons have been apprehended and the factory premises has been seized along with chemicals used for manufacturing,” said the officer, adding that the further investigation is underway. Sources in the NCB said that the chemist from Telangana was the key accused in the case. “He ran the manufacturing lab along with two men from West Bengal and one from Maharastra,” said an NCB officer. The officer said that the accused were running the factory for around one-and-a-half-month. “The accused used to procure the raw materials through local units. This is worrisome as they could procure and manufacture the psychotropic drugs with ease and agencies may not get the inkling of the illicit method,” said a source in the central agency. Another NCB officer privy to development said that the accused had around a week ago made a sample of around 25 to 50 grams which they delivered to drug mafia. After preparing the sample, they finally manufactured the drugs in huge quantity of 68kg which they were supposed to deliver in Maharashtra and Telangana, said the officer. The NCB officer said that the commercial quantity of such psychotropic drugs through licence is between 20 and 50 grams. As they manufactured such a huge quantity, they are liable for a sentence between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment along with the fine according to the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance) act. In August last year also, the NCB had busted a mephedrone manufacturing factory in the Vapi GIDC.
AHMEDABAD: A year ago, the kin of Covid patients came in anxious waves to queue up at pharmacies for hours for a single dose of remdesivir, but today 60 lakh remdesivir vials are lined up for destruction as their expiry date looms. Even the remdesivir stocks for which pharma companies had submitted stability data to the DCGI (Drugs Controller General of India) will be out-of-date next year. Overall, the expiry date is nearing for remdesivir vials worth Rs 600 crore, remdesivir APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) worth Rs 200 crore, and other Covid-related medicines. The country’s relative success in mitigating the pandemic has made these stocks unnecessary — at least for now. Dharmesh Shah, the chairman of the Mumbai-headquartered BDR Pharmaceuticals, said, “In March 2020, only a few companies manufactured remdesivir.” Shah said that last year Covid’s second wave had stoked a huge demand for remdesivir. “All companies making remdesivir ramped up production to ensure adequate availability,” he said. Shah said estimates suggest that currently about 60 lakh remdesivir vials are available with various companies and the government. “Luckily there is no need for them because Covid is under control,” Shah said. Stocks of Covid-related medicines worth Rs 800-1,000 crore remain unused in the country, Shah said. He said these medicines include remdesivir, liposomal amphotericin B injections, posaconazole tablets and injections, baricitinib tablets, molnupiravir tablets, and favipiravir tablets. “Pharma companies will have to bear this loss because there is no other option,” Shah said. “Many companies have submitted stability data of their remdesivir stocks to the DCGI based on which the expiry date has been extended to two years,” Shah said. “But many companies have stocks that will expire in a year. So a large number of vials will be destroyed soon and the exercise to destroy expired sock will continue till 2023.” An office-bearer of the Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA) said that the country’s vaccination drive has been effective and nothing like the deadly second wave has hit India. “Moreover, there is no demand for remdesivir across the world so the companies that make Covid drugs are staring at huge losses,” the office-bearer said. Jashwant Patel, the chairman of the Federation of Gujarat State Chemists & Druggists Associations, said: “There has been no demand for remdesivir since last July and most of the chemists have sent their stocks back to the companies.” BDR Pharmaceuticals- Cipla, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Hetero, Jubilant Pharma, Mylan, Syngene, and Zydus Lifesciences are the leading manufacturers of remdesivir in India.
Congress alleged Gujarat has become a "gateway of drugs" to the country.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat has become the "gateway of drugs" to the country under his watch, the Congress alleged Friday, questioning the "silence" of the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah and demanding answers agencies tasked to control narcotics smuggling.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters there has been a series of recoveries of drug consignments starting from July, 2017 right up to this week from several ports including Mundra and Pupavav in the state.Just on Thursday, 52 kilograms of cocaine, worth Rs 500 crore, was recovered from Mundra Port that had come from Iran, he alleged.When under "pressure from the Congress Party", the Mundra port had announced they will not handle cargos from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, then how the latest consignment of cocaine was recovered from there, he asked."The Congress Party has questioned the government over the last eight months on why all these recoveries are taking place in Gujarat alone? Why is Gujarat becoming the gateway of drugs to India," he asked.Mr Khera said the Congress had to question the government on the post of Narcotics Control Bureau head lying vacant for 18 months, before the appointment was made under "pressure" from the opposition party.He alleged Gujarat has become a "gateway of drugs" to the country under the watch of PM Modi and Home Minister Shah. "You have the prime minister from Gujarat. You have the home minister from Gujarat. Why are they silent?" "This is a prime minister who talks more and does less. On this particular issue, (he has said) not a word. Why this silence?" The Congress leader said drugs cannot be traded just at a retail level and this trade is always a part of larger global syndicates which enjoy active political patronage in whichever country they operate."We demand answers from the government on what is your blueprint? What is your roadmap to burst this syndicate and who is the El Chapo or Pablo Escobar of this drug syndicate in this country? "These are important critical questions because as I said, we are dealing with the future of our next generation, they are destroying it. We owe it to them, if not to ourselves to give them a drug-free future," he said.Under this government, Mr Khera alleged, the NCB, Enforcement Directorate, CBI and other agencies have been reduced to dealing with "retail politics" and are being "misused" by the ruling dispensation against political opponents.Instead of "forcing" these agencies to deal into "retail politics", the government should allow them to focus more on recovering the wholesale drug consignments that are coming, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe said Congress MP Digvijaya Singh had questioned the government in parliament on these recoveries and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai had informed on October 6, 2021 that the NIA has been handed over these cases."What are the findings of the NIA?" Mr Khera asked, saying it was a critical question and not just because the opposition is asking it. "We owe it our future generations." He also referred to a major smuggling of drugs that allegedly happened in June, 2021 and "did not get caught". He said it involved consignments of 25 tonnes and costing around Rs 1,75,000 crore.
Gujarat drug bust: 52 kg of cocaine has been recovered, officials said.Mundra, Gujarat: Nearly 52 kg of cocaine, valued at over Rs 500 crores, was caught by intelligence officials today at Gujarat's Mundra port. The drugs were hidden in packets containing salt, officials said.Under "Operation Namkeen", a consignment containing about 1,000 bags of common salt weighing 25,000 kg, was examined, and cocaine was recovered by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials.The DRI officials were acting on intelligence that certain consignments being imported from Iran to Mundra port were likely to be involved in drugs trade.After drawing samples from suspected bags, testing was conducted by the officials of Directorate of Forensic Sciences, Gujarat Government. The testing confirmed the presence of cocaine in the recovered consignment.So far, 52 kg of cocaine has been recovered, DRI officials said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe accused involved in the import of the consignment are being investigated, officials said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
There has been a rise in cases of such boats being used to smuggle drugs through the state coast.Ahmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) caught a Pakistani boat with 10 crew members on board in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, a state defence spokesperson said on Sunday.The boat, named 'Yaseen,' was caught by an ICG ship during an operation on Saturday night, the official said."The Indian Coast Guard ship Ankit apprehended Pakistani boat 'Yaseen' with 10 crew in Indian waters at Arabian Sea during night ops on 08 Jan. Boat being brought to Porbandar for further interrogation," the official said in a tweet.On September 15 last year, the ICG had in a similar operation caught a Pakistani boat with 12 crew members in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast.There has also been a rise in cases of such boats being used to smuggle drugs through the state coast.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comOn December 20 last year, a Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members and carrying 77 kg of heroin worth around Rs 400 crore was caught in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast by the ICG in a joint operation with the state Anti- Terrorist Squad.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
SURAT: Gujarat powerlifters showed their prowess by winning the maximum number of medals at the National Powerlifting Championship held in the city. Gujarat won 192 medals out of total 254 medals. In all, 650 powerlifters from 14 states participated in the championship in which cash prizes of total Rs 18 lakh were awarded to the winners. The event was organized by city police in association with the Sports Association of Gujarat Foundation. The championship was part of the ongoing campaign â€˜No Drugs in Suratâ€™ that started in September 2020 with seizure of MD worth Rs 1.13 crore and arrest of multiple drug peddlers involved in it. â€œFor the first time, the Gujarat team were champions by winning the highest number of medals. It is a major achievement of our sports persons and this will give a boost to our efforts in the fight against drugs,â€ said Ajay Tomar, city police commissioner. Padmisha Tailor, a contestant from Bilimora, won a cash prize for becoming â€˜champion of championâ€™ in women category while Kunwar Pal of Haryana was declared winner in the men category. â€œIn the national championship held in Haryana last year, the total prize money was Rs one lakh whereas this year, we could give prizes of Rs 18 lakh to winners. This was possible due to the support of people of Surat,â€ Tomar added.
Ahmedabad: The Narcotics Control Bureau will investigate the two big drug seizures made in Gujarat recently. The process to hand over the cases to NCB was initiated after the Centre decided that the investigative agency should check for nationwide links in the cases. The two seizures include the 120kg heroin seized from a Morbi village on November 15 and 57kg of heroin and 6 kg of methamphetamine seized from Salaya town in Devbhoomi-Dwarka between November 10 and November 20. DGP Ashish Bhatia confirmed that the NCB will take up the probe soon. A senior officer of Gujarat police said, “After it was decided that the NCB would handle the big drug seizures, the NCB DG wrote a letter to the Gujarat DGP regarding the investigation. Later, the Gujarat home department officers and the DG decided to hand over the Morbi and Dwarka cases to the NCB.” Sources in the NCB confirmed the development, saying they will soon get the documents of the case and start probe. In the Morbi case, the Gujarat ATS had on November 15 found 120kg of heroin from Jinjuvada village in Morbi district. Investigation revealed that it had been brought from Pakistani drug mafia and the delivery was made mid-sea in the last week of October. The haul was meant to be transported to Punjab. The Morbi drugs case also involved names of drug mafia in Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi. A Nigerian national and six others were arrested in this regard. During investigation, ATS seized 146 kg of drugs worth Rs 730 crore. In the same month, the Devbhoomi-Dwarka police arrested five persons, including two from Nigeria, following the seizure of heroin and methamphetamine worth Rs 315 crore. The case came to light after one Sajjad Ghosi, a resident of Thane in Maharashtra, was nabbed from a guest house in Khambhaliya town on November 10 with 11.48kg of heroin and 6.16kg of methamphetamine, collectively worth Rs 88.25 crore in the illicit market. This led to the seizure of 45kg heroin from a house in Salaya and the arrest of Salim Kara and Ali Kara, from whom Ghosi had taken delivery of the drugs.
The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Sunday arrested six Pakistani nationals and seized 77 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 385 crore from a boat mid-sea off Jakhau coast in Kutch.According to officials, a joint team of ATS and ICG intercepted a boat, Al Hussaini, 35 nautical miles from Jakhau coast in Kutch along the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) and arrested six Pakistani nationals for allegedly trying to ship the drugs from Karachi in Pakistan to India. The arrested have been identified as Mohammad Imran Vagher, Ismail Badala, Mohammad Sajid Vagher, Sagar Vagher, Mohammad Danish Vagher and Ashfaq Vagher, all residents of Karachi.At a press conference in Ahmedabad on Monday, Ashish Bhatia, Director General of Police (DGP), Gujarat Police, said, “After ATS officials received a tip that a boat carrying narcotics consignment from Karachi was to enter India, the ICG officials were contacted and using their interceptor boat, in a joint operation, six Pakistani nationals were held and 77 kilograms of heroin was seized mid-sea. The accused are being brought to Ahmedabad for further interrogation.”“Primary investigation has revealed that two handlers — Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam — who are part of Pakistan drug mafia, had contacted one of the arrested, Mohammad Imran, to arrange for six persons and set off on a fishing boat. The drugs consignment was delivered to the fishermen five nautical miles from a Karachi port by Haji Hasam’s relative, Mamu. The consignment was to be smuggled to Punjab after landing at Gujarat coast,” Bhatia said, adding the investigation in the recent cases of drug seizure in Morbi and Devbhumi Dwarka has been handed over to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).Gujarat ATS officials also added that accused smugglers were using very high frequency (VHF) channels to connect to the receivers and their code words for communication were “Hari 1 and Hari 2”.When asked about a spike in recent drug seizures off the Gujarat coast, Bhatia said, “We know that Gujarat coast is the nearest to Karachi ports, therefore, despite the current seizures, these elements have been trying to use the same route to smuggle drugs because of the huge profit margin. The ones arrested in the seizures are mere pawns and the big players are sitting over there (in Pakistan). Police have also initiated the procedure to get red corner notices issued against such persons but the results are limited.”
AHMEDABAD: In a joint operation of the Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), a Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members from Karachi, allegedly carrying 77kg of heroin worth around Rs 385 crore, was held in Indian waters off the coast of Jakhau late on Sunday night, Gujarat DGP (director general of police) Ashish Bhatia said on Monday. The seizure was made in a mid-sea operation some 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat. ATS officers and the ICG team apprehended the Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with six crew members on board in Indian waters and seized 77kg of heroin. This is the biggest mid-sea seizure of contraband this year by Gujarat ATS. The operation was monitored by Gujarat ATS DIG Himanshu Shukla. The boat has been brought to Jakhau for further investigation. In September, Gujarat ATS had seized some 35kg of heroin in a mid-sea operation and arrested seven Iran nationals on September 18. On November 14, ATS sleuths raided a house at Jinjuvada village in Morbi district, arrested three persons and seized 120kg of the drug. During the investigation, they arrested around 11 persons and seized 146kg more of heroin, worth Rs 730 crore. Regarding the mid-sea operation late on Sunday night, Gujarat police officers said the Pakistani boat had left Karachi port and was trying to establish contact using the very-high frequency (VHF) radio channel and code words, 'Hari-1' and 'Hari-2', for delivery of the drugs. The joint operation was carried out after DySP of ATS Bhavesh Rozia received a tip-off that a boat from Karachi was to come 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast, after crossing the International Maritime Border Line, the officers said. The boat, belonging to one Shahbaz Ali from Karachi, left Karachi port and its crew loaded the drugs sent to them via a fibre boat about six nautical miles away from Karachi port. Interrogation of the captured Pakistani nationals revealed that the heroin was supplied by two Pakistani smugglers, identified as Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam, and according to the tip-off. It was to be delivered to elements associated with the underworld in Punjab. It was to be offloaded somewhere on the Kutch coast, said ATS officers. When challenged, the crew tried to flee but the boat was outmanoeuvred and the crew was forced to surrender by the ICG and ATS team, an official statement from the defence ministry said. Despite adverse weather conditions, the boat was thoroughly searched and five bags containing approximately 77kg of heroin were seized, it said. The crew members caught by ATS and ICG were identified as Mohammed Imran Vagher, Mohammed Sajid Vagher, Mohammed Danish Vagher, Ashfaq Vagher, all residents of Muslim Mujahid Colony, Baldiya Town, Karachi; Ismail Badala, a resident of the Badar ground area in Karachi and Sagar Vagher, a resident of Baba Island in Karachi.
AHMEDABAD: A Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members and carrying 77 kg of heroin worth around Rs 400 crore was apprehended in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast, officials said on Monday. The drug seizure was made after Sunday midnight in a joint operation by the Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), around 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast in Kutch district of Gujarat, they said. They apprehended the Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with six crew members on board in the Indian waters and seized "77 kg of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore," Gujarat's defence PRO said in a tweet in the morning. The boat was later brought to the Jakhau coast for further investigation, he said. The Gujarat ATS in a release said the Pakistani boat had left the Karachi port and was trying to establish contact using very high frequency (VHF) radio channel and code words, 'Hari-1' and 'Hari-2', for the delivery of the drugs. The joint operation was carried out after the ATS received a tip-off that the boat from Karachi was to reach around 35 nautical miles off the Jakhau coast, after crossing the International Maritime Border Line between the two countries, it said. The boat, belonging to one Shahbaz Ali, left the Karachi port and its crew members loaded the drugs sent to them on a fibre boat at a distance of six nautical miles from the Karachi port. Preliminary interrogation of the captured Pakistani nationals revealed the heroin was supplied by two Pakistani smugglers, identified as Haji Hasan and Haji Hasam, and according to the tip-off, it was to be delivered to people associated with the underworld in Punjab, the ATS said. It was to be offloaded somewhere along the Gujarat coast in Kutch, it said. When challenged, the boat's crew members tried to flee. But, the boat was outmaneuvered and the crew members were forced to surrender by the ICG and ATS team, a defence release said. Despite adverse weather conditions, the boat was thoroughly rummaged and five bags containing approximately 77 kg of heroin were seized. "The market value of the seized narcotics is estimated to be approximately Rs 400 crore," it said. The ATS said it has conducted various operations and seized around 920 kg of drugs between August 2018 and December 2021, estimated to to be priced at around Rs 4,600 crore in the international markets. The ATS has arrested some Pakistani, Iranian and Afghan nationals as well as Indians helping them smuggle the drugs using the Gujarat coast, it said. According to the Coast Guard, the latest drug haul is its second joint operation with the Gujarat ATS within three months. In September this year, they had seized 30 kg of heroin worth Rs 150 crore transported by an Iranian fishing boat at the Arabian Sea of the Gujarat coast. Prior to it, in April this year, the Coast Guard and the ATS had carried out a similar operation and apprehended a boat with eight Pakistani nationals and carrying 30 kg of heroin worth about Rs 150 crore, from the Indian waters near the Jakhau coast in Kutch, officials earlier said. Last month, the ATS had seized a heroin drug consignment worth about Rs 600 crore from an under-construction house in Gujarat's Morbi district. The ATS had said the consignment was sent by Pakistani drug dealers to their Indian counterparts via the Arabian Sea. In September this year, in the single largest heroin haul in India, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had seized around 3,000 kg of the drug, believed to be from Afghanistan and likely worth Rs 21,000 crore in the global market, from two containers at the Mundra port in Kutch, officials earlier said.
The Indian Coast Guard, in a joint operation with the anti-terrorist squad, seized a Pakistani fishing boat off the coast of Gujarat for allegedly carrying 77 kilograms of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore, sources said on Monday.The Pakistani boat — “Al Huseini” — was seized following an overnight operation conducted in the high seas. The boat had six members and the contraband substance was being brought to Jakhau for further investigations, the sources added.
NEW DELHI: A Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' has been apprehended in Gujarat with six crew members in the Indian waters carrying 77 kgs of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crore, public relations office (PRO), defence informed on Monday. The joint operation was carried out by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). "Indian Coast Guard, in a joint operation with Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), has apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat 'Al Huseini' with 6 crew in Indian waters carrying 77 kgs of heroin worth approximately Rs 400 crores," informed PRO Defence, Gujarat in a tweet. The @IndiaCoastGuard in a joint Ops with ATS #Gujarat has apprehended one Pak Fishing Boat "Al Huseini" with 06 câ€¦ https://t.co/g81TWkITUm— PRO Defence Gujarat (@DefencePRO_Guj) 1639962982000
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Saturday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the health and pharmaceutical ministries under a single minister. “Modiji, for the first time, entrusted health as well as pharma ministries in one person. This is so beneficial because all policy (niti) of health is dependent on pharma and vice versa,” Mandaviya said addressing an inaugural programme on holistic healthcare with a focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices at a pre-Vibrant Gujarat Summit.The minister elaborated that the regulatory body, Drugs Controller General of India, is under the health ministry although its work comes under pharma. “So, when I was the pharma minister (chemicals minister), if I would put forth a proposal (before the DCGI), I would have again to go to the health minister for approval. With both combined, it has become holistic because Modiji saw everything in totality,” he said.The Union Minister further said health was never seen as a factor of development. “Health was always perceived as treatment. Modiji has linked development to the health sector. He started Ayushman Bharat, and health and wellness centres. Modiji thought comprehensively and increased MBBS seats that will go up to one lakh so as to strengthen the tertiary health system at the district level. When he became the PM, there were 6 AIIMS, now the 12th has started,” Mandviya said at the event held at Pandit Deendayal Energy University at Gandhinagar.In July, as the country was easing out of the second wave of the pandemic and entering the mucormycosis epidemic, the portfolio of health and family welfare was handed over to Mandaviya following Harsh Vardhan’s resignation ahead of the cabinet shuffle. Prior to it, Mandaviya held the independent charge as Minister of State for chemicals and fertilizers from 2019, which he continues to hold.Mandaviya also pitched for Gujarat and India as investment destinations, especially in the pharma sector. “The number of people in the middle-class bracket is increasing rapidly and the Union government is introducing schemes for healthcare accessibility. Due to Ayushman Bharat, 10 crore families, or 50 crore people, can access affordable healthcare facilities. I’ve seen it myself how poor families forego treatment because of cost so that their kids’ education is not stopped or their daughters’ weddings are not hindered or delayed. With Ayushman Bharat, people are buying medicines, which is an opportunity for the pharma sector,” he said.Mandaviya said there were two opportunities for the sector. “One is to scale-up in India and second, exports. After Covid-19, everyone wants to invest in India as their first priority.”Acknowledging the delay faced by industries in securing approvals for conducting the necessary research, Mandaviya said, “When Modiji called for a meeting with industrialists, many industries said they want to do research but they don’t get the necessary permissions for up to three years in India. DCGI ensured to remedy this and make approvals simpler. Owing to this, in nine months, research was done and the production of the Covid vaccine was also done,” he said referring to Covaxin jointly developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).At the event, DCGI VG Somani lauded Gujarat’s machinery that was rolling out a “very well-structured innovation pipeline”. “The entire machinery, be it politicking, bureaucracy or FDCA (Food and Drugs Control Administration) Gujarat, they value time, quality and demands — local, national and global. The way shown by Gujarat to access affordable medicines is being keenly watched by the whole world. Gujarat has the potential to meet 50 per cent of the demand of India and 20 per cent of the world, provided they take steps to reduce dependency on APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredient) and KSMs (key starting materials). It needs to take further steps to innovate and other issues such as pollution-related matters, which does not get fast-tracked,” he said.
Surat: As part of its drive against drugs, the city police will be organizing a three-day national powerlifting championship from Friday. Over 500 weightlifters from 14 states will vie for top honours in the event to be held at Katargam Community Hall. The meet is being jointly organized by the city police and the Sports Association of Gujarat with the slogan ‘No to Drugs, Yes to Sports’. In 2020 city police had organized a state-level Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Championship. “Police are organizing sports events to divert youth away from drugs and crime. If young people want to get addicted then there is no better high than sports,” said city police commissioner Ajay Tomar. Senior powerlifting champions who have won national level events in the past will attend the event to motivate the participants. “A large number of young people from the city are getting associated with the police in our initiatives against drugs. We are organizing various sports events in different parts of the city,” Tomar added. Currently, a cricket tournament is being held in the Limbayat area of the city. “It being a national event local sports persons will get to rub shoulders with champion players. Also, sports persons from city and state will get an opportunity to interact with athletes from other states,” said a police officer. As part of its ongoing campaign ‘No Drugs in Surat City’, the city police have seized drugs worth Rs 4.83 crore since September 2020 from within the city limits. Total 144 persons were arrested in 40 cases registered with different police stations.
Days after police busted a narcotics smuggling network of high-potency marijuana from the US and Canada to Ahmedabad, the investigation has revealed that the accused group had around 186 courier packages seized by customs officials in India in the past three years.The Ahmedabad Rural Police had arrested two persons — Vandit Patel and Parth Sharma — from the Bopal area on November 16 with over 1 kg of hybrid ganja, American Charas, psychotropic magic mushrooms and Shetter — all allegedly imported from the US and Canada — through courier delivery using Dark Web.The investigation later revealed a major drug-trafficking racket in which the accused had allegedly managed to smuggle over 100 kg of narcotics, including cocaine, MDMA and other high potency drugs in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat since 2019. To date, the police have arrested four accused in the matter.According to the police, the modus operandi of the accused gang was to contact international drug dealers through Dark Web to order the drug consignments, the payment of which was done in advance cryptocurrency through hawala channels. The drugs arrived in packages delivered at various addresses in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Kheda, Mehsana, Amreli, Vyara, Valsad and Jaipur in Rajasthan from the US and Canada through air cargo. Later, the gang used to sell narcotics to niche customers in Ahmedabad at exorbitant rates.“It has come to light that at least 186 courier packages ordered by the accused were intercepted and seized by the customs officials over suspicions of carrying narcotics in the past three years. The couriers were ordered at over 160 addresses in different cities. The couriers seized by the customs majorly contain Ganja, MDMA, methamphetamine, psychotropic substances and the total weight of the packages is around 32 kg. We have approached the court regarding the seizure of the packages from the customs department for further investigation in the case,” said a police official.
The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad City Police brought two Mumbai residents, accused for allegedly smuggling 1.46 kilograms of methamphetamine, to Ahmedabad from Thane Central Prison in Maharashtra where they were lodged.Police said that the accused, Parvez Khan alias Chinku Pathan (39) and Mohammad Aarif alias Aarif Boss (47) — both residents of Mumbai, were brought to Ahmedabad on a production warrant. According to police, Pathan and Aarif are the ringleaders of the drug nexus from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.A DCB team had arrested four persons on September 29, 2019, with 1.46 kilograms of narcotics smuggled from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, police said.“Initially we arrested four accused with 1.46 kg of meth and during investigation, it was revealed that the drugs consignment was provided to them by one accused named Afaq Ahmad alias Afaq Bawa. We arrested Afaq in September 2020 from Maharashtra-Goa border. Afaq told us during interrogation that he was provided drugs by a handler named Mohammad Farhan Khan,” said a senior official of Ahmedabad DCB.Khan was under judicial custody at the Thane Central Jail in an NDPS case of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and he was brought to Ahmedabad on 17 July 2021 for interrogation, the official said.The official said, “Khan revealed to us that two accused Parvez Khan and Aarif Boss are the ringleaders of the drug nexus who are also currently in Thane jail in an NDPS case of NCB. Based on the evidence collected by us, we brought the two accused to Ahmedabad on Monday on production warrant and we have received remand till December 8.”
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has nabbed two more people and seized heroin worth Rs 3.25 crore from a Nigerian national's house in Delhi as part of its probe into the recovery of heroin worth Rs 730 crore from Morbi and two other districts recently, an official said on Monday. The arrested accused were identified as Sarjerao Garad (56), a resident of Pune in Maharashtra, and Javid Sodha (32) of Sachana in Jamnagar district, an ATS release said. Prior to them, the ATS had arrested 11 persons, including Nigerian national Michael Yugochukvu Christian, and recovered 146 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 730 crore. "During his remand, Christian confessed he had acquired heroin from the main accused Isa Rao, who is absconding, in the past and hid some portion of the contraband in his house in Nilothi area of Delhi. An ATS team recovered 650 grams of heroin worth Rs 3.25crore from his home. Christian has claimed he used to pay money to Isa Rao's gang through angadia," it added. As per the ATS, Garad is a peddler who used to take drugs from Rao's men and deliver them to Christian and other Nigerian receivers by traveling in buses or trains, while Sodha was one of Rao's gang members and was involved in hiding drugs at his residence and supplying it to other gang members as and when instructed by Rao. Two weeks back, the ATS arrested three persons from Morbi district and seized 120 kg of heroin worth Rs 600 crore, and then nabbed four others and recovered 24 kg of heroin worth Rs 120 crore from a house in Navadra in Devbhumi Dwarka. Later, the ATS recovered 2 kg of contraband worth Rs 10 crore from a house on the sea shore near Jamnagar city. Its probe has revealed the seized heroin was part of a consignment which was delivered to Rao's men, who went into the sea on a boat to take heroin from a Pakistani vessel off Jakhau coast in the Arabian Sea and then transported it to Morbi and other places, said the release.
GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat Gunda and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act, which was passed by the Gujarat assembly more than a year ago, in September 2020, still hangs fire as the President has not given his assent to the law. Sources in the government said that the Union home ministry had raised a few queries and clarifications, which were replied to by the state government. However, there has not been any progress ever since and sources said it appears as if the state government will not be able to implement the law, even as assembly elections are scheduled to be held a year from now. While passing the legislation last year, the state government claimed it would be effective in curbing the illegal trade of alcohol, gambling, cow slaughter, human and child trafficking, sale of counterfeit medicines, narcotic drugs, kidnapping, transport and sale of illegal weapons. Sources said most of the clarifications and queries raised by the Union home ministry related to clauses dealing with punishment for various offences. âIn some cases, the punishment prescribed in existing Acts like the NDPS Act or IPC is more stringent that the punishment prescribed in the Gujarat Gunda and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act,â sources said. According to sources, the state government contended that the law has been enacted to ensure better law enforcement. âThe state government informed the centre that the punishment clauses have been defined by the government to ensure that anti-social activities can be controlled,â said a source. Those found guilty will face prison terms ranging from seven to ten years, along with fines of up to Rs 50,000. Government employees found guilty of abetting culprits will face jail terms. Gundas are defined as those who threaten and bully people individually or in groups, or those engaged in destruction of public properties. Violation of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and engaging in consumption, transportation, import and export of alcohol, drugs, and other such substances will be included under the law. Prostitution, offences under the Child Protection Act, Gambling Prevention Act, attempts to resort to violence and disrupt harmony, spreading panic and terror among people, kidnapping for ransom, engaging in physical violence for recovering money, illegal transportation of animals and violations of the Arms Act will also be included.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Anti-terrorism squad (ATS) probing into one of the biggest drug seizures of Gujarat, which has touched Rs 730 crore till now, arrested two more accused in connection with the case. The ATS probing into the Morbi drug seizure case on Saturday seized 650 gram heroin of around Rs 3.50 crore from the house of an accused and Nigerian citizen Michael Ugochuko in the Nilothi area of New Delhi. During the questioning of Ugochuko, it was revealed that he used to bring the drugs from the aides of a wanted accused Isa Rav. Many times, the drug consignments were delivered to Ugochuko by a man from Pune named Sarjerao Keshavrao Garaad, 56, who used to deliver the drugs either in train or bus. After Garaad delivered the drugs, Ugochsuko would send Isa Rav the payment through Angadia firms. The ATS arrested Garaad from his house on Sunday. Apart from Garaad, the Gujarat ATS also nabbed another accused Jabiyar alias Javed Sodha, 32, a resident of Sayana village in Jamnagar, who had allegedly gone to mid-sea in a boat with other accused to receive the drug consignment, said the agency officers. Both the accused were produced before a local court and sent to 12-day remand. The case come into the light when the Gujarat ATS arrested the main accused Isa Ravâs brother Mukhtar Hussein from Jamnagar, Ghulam Bhagad from Salaya in Devbhoomi-Dwarka, and Shamshuddin Saiyyed from Morbi on November 14 for possessing a part of the consignment which was nearly 120kg worth Rs 600 cr. Gujarat ATS has so far arrested 13 accused in the case.
AHMEDABAD: A man from Satellite, who ran a salon in South Bopal, sent drugs to Shanghai in China and Auckland in New Zealand, which he had bought from the US. The accused, Vandit Patel, 27, also delivered drugs around 300 times to 50 places in Gujarat and other states. This was revealed in the ongoing investigation by Ahmedabad rural police. "Patel had sent parcels containing drugs to his friends in China and New Zealand. He may have sourced the drugs from California in the US, regarding which an inquiry is underway," said an officer of Ahmedabad rural police. The special operations group (SOG) of Ahmedabad rural police on November 15 nabbed Patel and an aide and seized narcotic drugs worth Rs 3.5 lakh from their possession. During the investigation, it was revealed that Patel used the dark web and imported drugs from countries like the US and the Netherlands though various cargo services. "He used to get the drugs through cargo services and put closed homes and shops as the delivery address. He would track the delivery and when the courier was around that place, he or an aide would collect the parcel," the officer said. Police officers said he had received delivery of around 100kg of drugs, worth around Rs 10 crore, using the dark web. Using a courier website, he recently ordered around 27 parcels, of which three were delivered and 24 were seized by customs. Ahmedabad rural police have been gathering information on the confiscated parcels from the customs department also. Police officers said the accused organized drug parties in Delhi and Mumbai in the past and was himself addicted to drugs since 2012. Apart from Patel, three of his aides have also been arrested by police.
Demanding a judicial inquiry into the recent drug seizures in Gujarat, a delegation of senior Congress leaders met Governor Acharya Devvrat in Gandhinagar on Monday. Senior leaders from the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), including interim president Amit Chavda, interim leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani, and former GPCC presidents Bharat Solanki and Arjun Modhwadia, along with other leaders were part of the delegation. “Why is the PM silent on the drug seizures in Gujarat when the entire machinery is in hands of the union government. We have doubts on the machinery and intent of the government and that is why we have approached the governor to intervene and set up a judicial inquiry headed by a judge from the Gujarat High Court which will include a committee of unbiased and reputed persons who can find the truth behind the racket and catch the culprits who benefit from it,” Chavda said, adding that “today the youth are asking for jobs and opportunities to excel however they are being given drugs”.The interim president also said, “This is the Gujarat of Gandhi and Sardar which is known for its peace and prosperity and now it is now being pushed into the vicious cycle of drugs. Today it appears that the 1600 kilometres long coastline of Gujarat has turned into a safe haven for drugs landing. In the past six months, drugs valued over Rs 25,000 crores have been seized including the seizures in Porbandar, Mundra Port, Devbhumi Dwarka and Morbi. Everyone is worried that why so much drugs are being caught and why was the police, intelligence bureau and other agencies sleeping till now.” “The same company which was caught getting three tonnes of heroin at Mundra port, got similar consignments delivered earlier this year and it is estimated that the drugs which has already entered India is valued above Rs 1.5 lakh crore. We are all worried that our sons and daughters who go to educational institutions to make their careers can get trapped in the drug racket of the peddlers and their future can get destroyed. Only catching small fishes won’t do, so a judicial inquiry is needed to know that how the drugs are being brought from overseas to the state and under whose watch it is being carried out . An inquiry will also reveal the hand of political parties and police officers who have been involved in this racket,” Chavda added.
Alleging laxity in the ongoing probe into seizure of drugs at various places in Gujarat, the Congress on Monday demanded setting up of an inquiry commission under a sitting High Court judge to investigate these cases, including the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin at the Mundra port.A delegation led by Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, has called on Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar and handed him a memorandum seeking his intervention to forming the inquiry commission.Congress leaders have alleged that though heroin and other contraband worth thousands of crores have been seized from different parts of Gujarat in recent months, the BJP government was not taking any “concrete action” against the entire racket as those in the government are “hand in glove” with the perpetrators.In the memorandum, the opposition party cited the seizure of nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore at the Mundra port in September, followed by the recovery of heroin and meth worth over Rs 1,000 crore by the Gujarat police and the ATS this month.Congress demanded strict action to “control the drugs network” to save the next generation, claiming that drugs are being sold “openly” on college campuses across Gujarat.Though the drugs are being dumped in Gujarat through the sea route with the help of foreign nationals, the coastal security has been left “to the mercy of God”, Congress said.“Gujarat’s coastline is 1,640 km long and has 144 small islands near it. More importantly, our shores are close to Pakistan. Despite that, there are only 22 marine police stations and three interceptor boats to guard this vast coastline. Due to the lack of adequate security, Gujarat’s coast has become a haven for drug mafia,” the memorandum said.It further alleged that “corrupt practices” of the BJP dispensation has helped drug mafias in expanding their network in Gujarat.Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghavi, had refuted these charges claiming that the seizure of such a large quantity of drugs proves that the police and other agencies are doing their work with commitment, as the contraband was unearthed before it reached the masses.