Gujarat Kutch News

Restoring Banni grasslands, Gujarat battles invasive tree species
The Indian Express | 17 hours ago
The Indian Express
17 hours ago

The Gujarat forest department will restore 10,000 hectares of the Banni grasslands in the coming year, and every year in the coming decade.The state plans on restoring at least 76,000 hectares of this 2,497 sq. km grassland which is a high-biodiversity area — it has already restored 10,000 hectares over the past couple of years.The Banni grassland was also flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his keynote speech at the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought last year, as part of India’s endeavour to reach the target of restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.Forest officials say that while the project was begun in 2015-16, work took off in a major way only last year.The grasslands of Gujarat constitute about 4.33% (8,490 sq km) of the total geographical area, distributed in eight districts and three different climatic regions — Kutch, Saurashtra and central Gujarat. A majority of grasslands in Gujarat (41%) are found in the Kutch district. Banni grassland was declared a Protected Forest in 1955, under the Indian Forest Act, 1927.Besides having 40 species of grass and 99 species of flowering plants, Banni is also home to the Indian wolf, jackal, Indian fox, desert fox, desert cat, caracal, hyena, chinkara, Nilgai, wild boar, Indian hare, common monitor lizard — and the cheetah before it became extinct. Banni also has 273 bird species and in years of good rainfall, is home to thousands of migratory birds.Forest department officials have said that over the years, the landscape of Banni has shown drastic changes with the deterioration of the grassland taking place due to “heavy uncontrolled grazing”, widespread ingress of Prosopis Juliflora (a harmful exotic tree species), dams constructed on rivers flowing towards Banni, periodic occurrence of droughts and continuous increase in soil salinity.“On analysis of the data over last four decades, it was found that in the year 1989, the area was dominated with grasslands covering 54.57% of the area followed by saline areas devoid of vegetation or sparsely distributed vegetation covering 27.30% and Prosopis Juliflora, an alien invasive species, covering only 15.72% of the area. The Land Use Land Cover (LULC) assessment of the grassland over a 10 years interval revealed that grassland areas over the period gradually reduced while in the same period Prosopis Juliflora dominant area increased… encroached to more than 30%. Therefore, within a gap of 20 years, the Prosopis Juliflora dominant areas doubled in Banni,” stated the project proposal of the Gujarat forest department.The mainstay of the restoration project is, therefore, the removal of this alien species, which incidentally was introduced to the area by the forest department in the 1960s to stop the ingress of the salt flats. Ecologists, however, say the tree increases salinity.With a huge 20-lakh livestock population that depends on the grassland, the second part of the project envisions the production and storing of fodder for local farming and pastoral communities that live here. There are 48 villages that live inside the Banni grasslands. This part of fodder production by the forest department has become a cause of grave concern for environmentalists and ecologists in the area.“There exists a huge gap in demand and supply of fodder, making the livelihood of locals very difficult especially in droughts, which are a frequent occurrence in the area. Gujarat imports fodder from outside to make up this gap. It is important then to harvest grasses and keep them in storage as a mitigation measure. The state government has been collecting 67 lakh kg of grass annually. We have already made interventions in the Saurashtra grasslands, as a result of which 3 crore kg of grasses were collected last year. The 30 year average of grass collection was 247 kg per ha and is now 600 kg per ha,” Gujarat Conservator of Forests Dr Sandeep Kumar said.Dr Kumar says multiple species are planted in one patch and only indigenous species of grasses are used.Bharat Patel, deputy conservator of forests (DCF) of Banni Grassland said that his forest division has been given a target to bring additional 2400 ha under controlled grass cultivation in 2022-23 by the state government. “We have achieved this target by creating 27 grass plots of varying size and cumulatively covering 2400 ha. Gando baval (prosopis juliflora) and other unwanted vegetation has been removed from these plots and protective trench has been dug around them. We will start spraying grass seeds once the monsoon rains arrive,” Patel told The Indian Express.Ecologist Dr Ankila Hiremath, who has worked in Banni since 2012, says the forest department action is unnecessary and can even prove to me harmful. “In our experience in restoring parts of Banni, we have found that simply removing Prosopis Juliflora is sufficient, and the indigenous grasses grow back naturally. Moreover, many wildlife species started returning once this tree was removed. The planting of grasses, by furrowing the land, can actually be harmful as the roots of the indigenous grasses remain despite the invasive species – but if you furrow the land, you are removing the grass roots as well,” she said.Sandeep Virmani of Hunnarshala, who works with pastoralists living in Banni, says the milk produced because of this diversity of grasses eaten by the Banni buffalo is unique and, therefore, in demand.“The grasslands have native trees like Acacia nilotica, Salvadora persica and Capparis decidua which are protected under Section 26 in the Indian Forest Act, 1927. These have been destroyed to grow fodder. Banni has sensitive soil ecology where the sweet soil rests on salinity only 2 to 3 metres below the ground and any disturbance of the soil brings up salinity destroying the rich productivity of the land,” Virmani said.

Restoring Banni grasslands, Gujarat battles invasive tree species
Extremely heavy showers likely in South Gujarat, coastal Saurashtra: IMD
The Indian Express | 22 hours ago
The Indian Express
22 hours ago

WHILE the entire state of Gujarat is expected to witness rainfall till July 9, parts of South Gujarat and coastal areas of Saurashtra will get extremely heavy showers in the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.“In the coming five days the entire state is expected to receive rainfall. While most of the parts will receive light to moderate rainfall, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall will lash South Gujarat and Saurashtra Kutch, including the coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbamndar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar,” IMD’s regional director Manorama Mohanty has said.The rainfall activity is attributed to a low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring regions with the associated cyclonic circulation.The state has recorded 117 mm total rainfall this monsoon season with a deficiency of 22 mm. On the day-wise forecast, Mohanty said, “Today, on July 5, South Gujarat region is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall in Valsad along with Central Gujarat regions like Chhota Udepur.”She further said Saurahstra will report heavy to very heavy rainfall for four days barring Wednesday with a less rainfall activity. “But from July 9 Suarashtra Kutch is also expected to get very heavy rainfall while coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar are likely to receive extremely heavy showers.”From July 6 to July 8, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected along north Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar and Dahod.“On July 8, extremely heavy rainfall is expected in South Gujarat like Valsad, Dang, while other districts might receive heavy to very heavy rainfall,” she said.For the forecast of Ahmedabad district, the regional director stated that South Ahmedabad is expected to receive heavy rainfall in the next five days.Also, the IMD has sounded alert for fishermen against venturing into the sea till July 9 along the Gujarat coast. Due to squally weather winds blowing at a speed of 40-50 kmph, fishermen are advised not to go to the sea off the South Gujarat coast from Mul Dwarka, Veraval, Diu, Jafrdabad, Pipavav, Bhavnagar, Victor, Alang, Bharuch, Dahej, Magdalla and Daman along with North Gujarat coast including Jakhau, Mandvi Kucth, Mundra, Navlakhi, Jamnagar, Salaya, Okha and Porbandar from July 5 to July 9.

Extremely heavy showers likely in South Gujarat, coastal Saurashtra: IMD
  • Heavy rainfall across Gujarat till July 8: IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning across Gujarat till July 8 as the southwest monsoon got active over Gujarat.“Heavy rain is very likely in the districts of Gujarat region, namely Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad,” the IMD forecast for Monday stated.On Sunday, heavy rainfall was witnessed in more than 100 talukas of southern, Saurashtra and central districts Sunday. Mangrol in Surat recorded the highest rainfall of 38 mm till 8 pm Sunday followed by Songadh in Tapi at 35 mm, Karjan in Vadodara and Khambha in Amreli at 34 mm each, Navsari taluka in Navsari and Mandvi in Surat at 32 mm each, and Netrang in Bharuch 30 mm.During the week, more districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall, the weather department warned. These include Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Dang and Tapi. Heavy rainfall is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on July 6.The weather department has issued heavy rainfall alerts for more districts of Saurashtra, including Porbandar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath and Surendranagar on July 7 and 8.The widespread rainfall has helped in bringing down the mercury. On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius in the state was recorded at Vallabh Vidyanagar followed by 37.2 degrees Celsius at Kandla Port. Kandla Airport recorded 37 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad recorded 36.8, Bhuj and Naliya 36, Deesa 34.6, Gandhinagar 34.5, Bhavnagar 34.2 and Surendranagar 34 degrees Celsius.

  • Gujarat weather: Rainfall lash Rajkot and Amreli districts
  • The Indian Express

    PARTS OF Rajkot district were lashed by heavy rain leading to temporary waterlogging in many areas Friday. Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli also.Lodhika taluka of Rajkot district received 115 millimetres (mm) of rain during the day Friday, an official release said. Neighbouring Gondal taluka recorded 78 mm. Jetpur taluka logged 50 mm, while Jamkandorna (37 mm) and Kotda Sangani (16mm) talukas of the district also recorded significant precipitation.Meanwhile, Rajkot city got its first spell of good rainfall this monsoon. It started raining in the afternoon and kept raining steadily until late evening. The flood control-room said the city registered 40 mm rainfall during the day. A rath carrying idols of Lord Jagannath and other deities in a procession taken out by ISKCON in Rajkot had to be covered with tarpaulin sheet as it started raining. The rain led to temporary waterlogging in Indrapasthnagar underpass, sections of 150-feet Ring Road, Kothariya Road, etc.Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli district also. Lilia taluka of Amreli recorded 18 mm rainfall followed by Babra (17 mm), Vadiya (16 mm), Dhari (16 mm), Bagasara (15 mm), Amreli (13 mm), Jafrabad (10 mm) and Savarkundla (16 mm). Rain was reported from coastal Rajula taluka also. Isolated rainfall was reported from Devbhumi Dwarka and other districts of Saurashtra as well.

  • Ahmedabad: Light to moderate rain likely today
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Cloudy weather kept citizen’s hopes up all day on Wednesday, but rain eluded the city yet again. The maximum temperature rose to 39.4°C while the minimum was 27.5°C, both higher than normal. According to the IMD, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are expected in all parts of the state for the next four days with monsoon covering entire Gujarat.

  • Heavy rain in South Gujarat, Saurashtra as Ahmedabad gets respite from heat
  • The Indian Express

    Heavy rainfall was recorded in South Gujarat and Saurashtra on Sunday, while Ahmedabad also received rain in the evening, in a respite from the heat. As the Southwest monsoon further progressed in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall across the state till July 1.“Heavy rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat, including Valsad, and districts of Saurashtra Porbandar and Junagadh. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind at 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light tomoderate rain very likely in all the districts of Gujarat,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTemperature in Ahmedabad was 43.4 degrees Celsius Sunday, the highest in the state. While the city received an average of 9 mm rainfall till Sunday evening, the South west zone alone recorded 33 mm rainfall.Umerpada in Surat recorded the highest of 65 mm rainfall followed by Dharampur in Valsad (45 mm), Fatepura in Dahod (32 mm), Waghai in Dang (31 mm), Chikhli in Navsari (25 mm) and Sanjeli in Dahod (21 mm) till Sunday 6 pm. Till 8 pm, the localised rainfall over South West zone with high velocity winds in the city resulted in an average of 33 mm rainfall recorded between two hours. Jodhpur ward recorded the highest of 42.5 mm rainfall followed by Bopal (33.5 mm). Felling of several trees was also reported due to winds from the South west zone including the stretch from Rajpath Club till Sardar Patel Ring road leading to road blockages and diversions. Also, water logging from these areas was reported till late night.The only other ward to receive heavy rainfall was Usmanpura in the West zone also recorded 31 mm. According to IMD forecast, most parts of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Botad along with Bharuch, Surat, Navsari are expected to receive heavy rainfall later this week.

Flamingo tagged in Mumbai lands in Bhavnagar after 32-hour journey
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

A LESSER FLAMINGO which had been tagged in the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary (TCFS) near Mumbai early this year has flown to Bhavnagar via Vasai and Surat. The bird was tagged with a solar-powered GPS-GSM (global system for mobile communication).‘Humayun,’ the lesser flamingo tagged by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) on April 19 in Navi Mumbai, is amed after Humanyun Abdulali, a renowned ornithologist who was associated with BNHS. It is one of the six flamingos, three greater flamingos and three lesser flamingos tagged by the BNHS.Humayun took off from Trombay at 10:28 pm on June 28 and reached Vasai an hour later, stopping there for a few hours.It took off from Vasai on June 29 and landed at Tena creek near Surat at that day after a 4:15-hour-long flight. After having a 16-hour-long stopover at Surat, the bird took off on June 30 from there and landed near Bhavnagar coast after a 2:29-hour-long flight across the Gulf of Khambhat, completing the journey from Mumbai to Bhavnagar in around 32 hours, scientists of BNHS, the Mumbai based organisation which one of the oldest scientific organisations of India and which works for nature conservation, said.“After landing in Bhavnagar, Humayun has remained localised in saltpans near Bhavnagar harbour,” Rahul Khot, deputy director of BNHS’ natural history collection division said.“The main objective of the project of tagging the flamingos is to understand the migration routes of flamingos from their breeding grounds in Gujarat to their feeding grounds along the west coast of India and make suggestions for conservation based on the outcomes,” he added.Khot is leading the BNHS team, comprising scientists Mrugank Prabhu and Sameer Bajaru, who is studying through telemetry the migration of flamingos.Besides the GSM tag, Humayun is also tagged by a leg-band bearing code ALD and the project is supported by the forest department of MaharashtraS Balachandran, the well-known ornithologist who is deputy director in the research division of BNHS says the project will help understand migration and ecology of and habitat utilisation by flamingos.“There have been records of flamingos ringed in Iran being recorded in Gujarat and those recorded in Gujarat seen on the east coast of India. For flamingos, Gujarat is their home but they do migrate in search of food,” Balachandran said“There is also something known as leapfrogging migration wherein the birds from farthest northwest migrate to the farthest southeast of their range. For example, a flamingo had travelled from Chhari Dhand in Kutch to Andhra Pradesh,” he added.Ornithologists have long believed that flamingos migrate from Gujarat to the southern and east coast of India as well as to Sri Lanka.“The only known breeding site of both greater and lesser flamingos in India is the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Therefore, these flamingos return to their breeding grounds during monsoon,” Uday Vora, the retired IFS officer who is now the honourary secretary of the Bird Conservation Society of Gujarat (BSCG) said.“The BNHS project as well as the ongoing project of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in collaboration with the Gujarat forest department has the potential to throw light on the migration and habitat use patterns by these birds,” he added.Incidentally, the WII, the premier research institute functioning under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Environ, Forest and Climate Change, is also studying migration of flamingos since 2019 by tagging five lesser flamingos and four greater flamingos. Prof R Suresh Kumar, a senior scientist and faculty at WII who has studied migration of species and who is leading the study of flamingo migration says he is not surprised the lesser flamingo has stopped in Bhavnagar. “The flamingo breeding season starts with the south-west monsoon setting in Gujarat. During summer, you see massive congregation of lesser flamingos in Thane creek and also in quite a few wetlands within Gujarat. From July onwards, they start going towards the Rann of Kutch and Bhavnagar falls on their route,” Prof Kumar said, adding the lesser flamingo populations seem to confine themselves to western India.One of the lesser flamingos tagged by WII had taken the southward migration flight from Gujarat to Maharashtra and reached Bhavnagar when its transmitter started malfunctioning, Prof Kumar says, and therefore, the scientists couldn’t track its entire migration route.Prof Kumar says more studies are required to establish migration patterns of greater flamingos seen in Chilika Late on Odisha Coast, Pulicat Lake in Andhra Pradesh and Point Calimere in Tamil Nadu. “Of the four greater flamingos that we have tagged, one flew to Miani Hor, about 90 km west of Pakistan in 2019, stayed there for a day and returned to Kutch. Another bird flew to Ajmer in Rajasthan. The rest have remained confined within Gujarat. The migration of greater flamingos on the east coast is yet to be fully understood and more studies are required by tagging more birds,” said Prof Kumar, adding “It appears the greater flamingos of the east coast are residents of that area and migrate to Sri Lanka also and it’s possible they could be breeding in Sri Lanka but nobody has located their breeding site there so far.”Balachandran also agrees that the flamingos could be breeding in parts of Sri Lanka which have remained inaccessible due to the civil war and where landmines have been laid.One of the two greater flamingos tagged by the WII in Thol Wildlife Sanctuary near Ahmedabad this May has remained in Thol while the other returned to Thol after visiting Navagam in neighbouring Kheda district for a short duration. Prof Kumar believes there are two types of greater flamingo populations in Gujarat, resident breeding and non-breeding international migrants. “There are records of greater flamingos coming to Gujarat from Kazakhstan during the non-breeding season here. So, there is a possibility that we have a resident population of greater flamingos who breed in Gujarat and occasionally migrate and an international migratory population which breeds in Kazakhstan, Afghanistan etc but visits India,” he said.Incidentally, greater flamingo breeding was recorded in Bhavnagar in 2018.

Flamingo tagged in Mumbai lands in Bhavnagar after 32-hour journey
‘Low enrollment’: School on Indo-Pak border shuts down
The Indian Express | 5 days ago
The Indian Express
5 days ago

Alpa Chaudhary, the head teacher of the government primary school in the Kuldharvas locality on the Indo-Pakistan international border near Khavda in Kutch, dialled the parents of 65 students of the school and other elders in the village to come for a parents’ meeting. At the meeting, the head teacher informed them that she and fellow teacher Dhaval Patel will no longer be able to teach the children at the two-storey building of Kuldharvas primary school from Thursday as the government has decided to merge the school with one in the neighbouring Hussainivandh.A week of apprehension of the residents of the Kuldharvas became a reality Thursday with the formal shutdown of the school.“This was not an easy announcement to make. No one likes shutting the doors of a school to students. But then, I am a government servant and have to follow orders. The government has decided to merge the Kuldharvas school with Hussainvandh school and so, I had to inform the residents of Kuldharvas,” 30-year-old Chaudhary, whose maiden posting after being selected a teacher by the state government was in the Kuldharvas school five years ago, told The Indian Express over the phone.The announcement came two weeks after Kutch district primary education officer (DPEO), JP Prajapati, issued a formal order directing the merger of government primary schools in Kuldharvas opened in 2005 and Bhuranivandh opened in 2008 in Dhrobana village with the Hussainivandh school.Kutch district panchayat president Parul Kara and the DPEO could not be reached for comments. Kutch district development officer Bhavya Verma said he would seek details of the decision.But the DPEO order dated June 16 refers to a meeting of the district education committee of Kutch district panchayat on January 13 this year. The committee, at the meeting, had directed the taluka primary education officers (TPEOs) of the district to submit opinion-cum-proposals for merging schools having less number of students with other schools located within a radius of one kilometre. Accordingly, the TPEO of Bhuj submitted a proposal on March 24 this year. On June 6, the district education committee adopted the merger resolution based on the proposal.“With an objective of making quality education available to children and also to tide over the shortage of teachers, it is hereby ordered that Bhuranivandh Primary School (Grade 1 to 5) and Kuldharvas Primary School (Grade 1 to 8) be merged with Hussainivandh Primary School,” Prajapati wrote in his order.Kuldharvas, one of the three localities or vandhs of Nana Dinara, has a population of around 300. The school there has 65 students with the highest number of 12 in grade 7 and the lowest, 4, in grade 2. Grade 4 and 5 have 11 and 12 students respectively while the other classes have less than 10 students each.On the other hand, the Hussainivandh government school has around 150 students. There is a government primary school in Bhuranivandh–Dhrobana village’s third main locality–but it has only around 25 students enrolled this year.Despite the DPEO’s order on June 16, the parents of Kuldharvas had opposed the merger order and continued to send their children to the same school. “But finally, I had to tell them today that now this school is being merged with Hussainivandh and that I will have to give school leaving certificates to students compulsorily,” the head teacher said, adding, “It will take around four-five days for transferring students of Kuldharvas school to Hussainivandh school.”Since the merger order became public around 10 days ago, Kuldharvas residents have been making frantic efforts to save the school in their locality. Led by Meraj Sama, the former member of Dhrobana Group Village panchayat and whose younger brother Gafar is the chairman of the school management committee of Kuldharvas school, they have made representations to the DPEO, the state education department as well as to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) but to no avail.“Had our school had only a few students, we wouldn’t have protested. But there are 65 students enrolled and yet the school is being closed. It’s sad to lose an important government service in this manner,” Meraj said.Hussainivandh is a neighbourhood of Muslims who earn their livelihoods by farming, cattle-herding and taking up casual jobs, among others, for a chemical company near Khavda.The Kuldharvas school was set up in 2005. But Hussainivandh school is older than that and around 500 metres away from the Kuldharvas across a stream. “Our fear is, the Kuldharvas school will be crowded and education of our children will be affected due to that. I also worry some children might drop out as ours is a locality of labourers and parents may not have time every day to go drop children to Hussainivandh,” Meraj further said.Incidentally, the state government has been trying to merge schools having less number of students with nearby schools with greater enrollment numbers with an aim to provide a competitive learning atmosphere and to pool in teachers. While the lower primary section is merged if a bigger school is available within a radius of one kilometre, the upper primary section is merged if another bigger school is available within a radius of three kilometres.However, the move has been facing stiff resistance from teachers, forcing the government to change tack. It, instead, announced in 2020 that it will develop 50 per cent of primary and secondary schools run by the state into schools of excellence and that those deemed unviable will be closed down. There are around 34,000 government primary schools in the state.With the closure of the Kuldharvas campus, Chaudhary and Patel will shift to the Hussainivandh school, at least temporarily. “I have not received any formal order of my transfer from Kuldharvas school. But the DPEO order means I and Patel are deemed transferred to Hussainivandh,” she said.

‘Low enrollment’: School on Indo-Pak border shuts down
Gujarat proposes new 1,630 km coastal corridor
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

GANDHINAGAR: Aiming to give an impetus to tourism and economic activities in the state, Gujarat government has proposed a new 1,630-kilometre coastal corridor from Umeragm in the south to Narayan Sarovar in Kutch. To be completed under PM GatiShakti scheme, the government proposes to set aside a buffer area along the highway for industrial and allied activities. The government has already earmarked the first 300 km covering Valsad, Navsari, Surat and Bharuch districts. With the objective of giving an impetus to tourism and economic activities in the state, the Gujarat government has proposed a new 1,630km long coastal corridor from Umargam in south Gujarat to Narayan Sarovar in Kutch. To be completed under the PM Gati Shakti scheme, the government proposes to set aside a stipulated area along the highway for various industrial and allied activities. The state government has already earmarked the first 300 kilometres of the project covering the districts of Valsad, Navsari, Surat and Bharuch in south Gujarat. A key source close to the development confirmed that the state government has proposed a new coastal corridor highway under the PM Gati Shakti project. "This will probably be the longest coastal highway in the country. Out of the total length of 1,630km, a stretch of 140km will be developed as greenfield coastal area while the remaining 1,490km will be brownfield road," sources said. Providing more information, sources said that the corridor will be minimum ten metres wide with three driving lanes, while at present, the existing roads are less than five metres wide. "A fixed area along the coastal corridor will be declared as a buffer area and will be reserved for future development. This will truly be a coastal highway corridor," sources said. Sources said that the total estimated project cost will be around Rs 2,400 crore and is expected to be completed in three years. "For the first phase, 300km has been earmarked in four districts of south Gujarat for development of the project. The objective is boost coastal tourism, transport and other economic activities," said informed sources. Under the PM Gati Shakti project, a detailed plan has been prepared for first 300km stretch. Sources said that the entire corridor is being planned keeping in mind the CRZ (coastal regulation zone) restrictions, forest regulations and the like. "We have followed all guidelines to avoid delays in clearances. All highway points have been designed to be 500 metres from the HTL (high tide level) so that people can enjoy the beauty of the sea coast. The government aims to link all tourism attractions and industrial hubs to the coastal corridor. The tourism and other departments will also prepare their respective roadmaps to optimize the outcomes of this ambitious 1,630km long project," said sources.

Gujarat proposes new 1,630 km coastal corridor
BSF opens fire, injures two intruding Pakistani fishermen trying to flee
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

In a hot pursuit, the Border Security Force (BSF) in Gujarat apprehended two Pakistani fishermen who intruded into Indian territory at Harami Nala area of Kutch district. The paramilitary personnel opened fire and injured the fishermen, while trying to prevent them from fleeing towards the Pakistani side of the international border.The incident happened on Friday during an ongoing search operation that started on June 23, when at least nine Pakistani boats were found abandoned at different areas of Harami Nala area in Indian territory. The fishermen in the boats had fled on seeing the BSF patrol party.However, some of the fleeing Pakistani fishermen escaped and hid in Harami Nala, spread over 300 square kilometres. BSF Bhuj continued the search operation and cordoned off the entire area, plugging all possible escape routes towards Pakistan.On Friday, the BSF patrol challenged the escaping Pakistani fishermen, but they did not stop, and BSF troops had to open fire to apprehend them. Both the fishermen sustained bullet injuries in the ankles, and were evacuated to a hospital. They were identified as Sadam Hussain (20) and Ali Baksh (25), residents of a Pakistani village at zero point, the BSF said in a statement.In a similar incident on May 27, the BSF opened fire to capture a fleeing Pakistani fishermen from the same area in Kutch. During the search operation carried out last month, the BSF had apprehended three Pakistani fishermen and nine boats.

BSF opens fire, injures two intruding Pakistani fishermen trying to flee
Cong appoints in-charges for each Assembly seat in Saurashtra-Kutch
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

The Congress organised ‘Maru Booth, Maru Gaurav’ (my booth, my pride), a one-day workshop for its leaders and workers of the Saurashtra region to strengthen the party’s organisation at the booth level. The party also formally appointed in-charges, picked by the All India Congress Committee (AICC), for each of the 54 seats of the Saurashtra-Kutch region Friday.Earlier in the day, Gujarat AICC in-charge, Raghu Sharma, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Jagdish Thakor and senior party leader Arjun Modhwadia, among others led a bike-and-car rally in Veraval and Prabhas Patan towns and hoisted the holy flag atop the famous Somnath temple near Veraval.Later, the leaders guided workers at the day-long workshop at a hotel near Somnath. “Almost all MLAs, as well as presidents of district and taluka units from 12 districts of the Saurashtra-Kutch region, attended the workshop, where the AICC in-charges appointed for each of the constituency in the region were introduced to local leaders and party workers and were formally given the charge of their respective constituencies,” a Congress leader who attended the event said.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxSources said AICC has appointed leaders from various states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, etc as in-charges of each constituency to guide the local party workers and leaders for the Assembly election due in Gujarat towards the end of the calendar year. “All in-charges were appointed by the party some time ago but had not formally started their duties,” said the Congress leader.

Cong appoints in-charges for each Assembly seat in Saurashtra-Kutch
Four decades after flamingos nested in Porbandar, birds recorded mating at Chhaya Rann
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

MATING OF greater flamingos has been recorded in Porbandar with visual evidence but senior birdwatchers say the mating may not necessarily lead to the birds nesting in the wetlands of the coastal district. The development comes around four decades after the wader species, which is the state bird of Gujarat, had nested in Porbandar.Mahendra Tank, a birdwatcher from Kutch and fellow birder Manoj Tank witnessed a pair of greater flamingos mating at Chhaya Rann, a wetland near the Saurashtra Chemicals Limited (SCL) soda ash plant in Porbandar city on June 12 evening. Not only that, Mahendra managed to record the event in his camera.“We were in Porbandar to attend the Pink Celebration organised by the Mokar Sagar Wetland Conservation Committee (SWCC). After the event got over on Sunday, we decided to visit Chhaya Rann. While observing a flock of around 400 greater flamingos and an equal number of lesser flamingos, I noted that greater flamingos were making courtship displays. I was recording the flocks on my camera when I saw a pair mating,” 54-year-old Mahendra, who has been birdwatching for the past 10 years, said.Mahendra, who took voluntary retirement from BSNL’s marketing department said that he was aware that courtship display may lead to mating attempts.“I had seen a pair of lesser flamingos mating near Gandhidham in Kutch in 2019 and therefore, I should say I was aware while in Chhaya Rann that something similar may happen,” Mahendra, who has studied till Class X, further said. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨This is for the first time that greater flamingo mating has been recorded with visual evidence in Porbandar, the district with wetlands spread over around 200 square kilometres and which host huge flocks of flamingos every year. “Porbandar is not a nesting site of flamingos and the nearest record of greater flamingo mating was reported from Jamnagar in 2009. So, this is quite a rare event,” Dhaval Vargiya, president of MWCC said.MWCC is a group of birdwatchers working for conservation of wetlands in Porbandar district and Vargiya had himself recorded mating of lesser flamingos in Porbandar three years ago. MWCC organises Pink Celebration, a birdwatching event, every year to afford birders from across the country an opportunity to watch flamingos in their breeding plumage and raise public awareness about flamingos and other waterfowls of Porbandar. This year, 45 birders from Gujarat and Maharashtra participated in the event.However, 54-year-old Manoj, who works as an accounts executive with a chemical company in Kutch, only came to know about it only when Mahendra told him. “I was talking to a friend on the phone when this happened. But I was excited when Mahendra showed me what he had recorded on his camera,” said Manoj.Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) is the only known breeding site of greater flamingos in Gujarat while lesser flamingos breed in GRK as well as in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK). Bharat Jethva, member of the Flamingo Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says that flaming breeding attempts have been recorded in Nal Sarovar also. “While monsoon is the breeding season of flamingos, mating always may not lead to nesting. It could be fake mating also as the weather will trigger release of hormones,” says Jethva.Prof Indra Gadhvi and Prof Bhavbhuti Parasharya had recorded successful breeding of Greater flamingos in saltpans near Bhavnagar city in 2018.“Flamingo nesting was recorded in 1982-83 in the present-day Porbandar Bird Sanctuary area when that wetland and Chhaya Rann was one compact tract of wetland.In fact, that breeding attempt by greater flamingos was one of the reasons why the area was declared a sanctuary in 1988,” Uday Vora, a retired IFS officer and honourary secretary of the Bird Conservation Society of Gujarat said.

Four decades after flamingos nested in Porbandar, birds recorded mating at Chhaya Rann
Named in Sidhu Moosewala’s killing, Pune man held in Kutch, had a makeover
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

DAYS after he was named as one of the alleged shooters in the murder of Sidhu Moosewala in Punjab last month, Pune Rural Police on Sunday arrested 23-year-old Santosh Jadhav from a small village in Kutch. According to police, Jadhav had gone into hiding after changing his appearance with the help of an aide.Pune Police investigation has also revealed that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which is suspected to have orchestrated Moosewala’s murder, has its footprints in Maharashtra as well.Last week, the names of Jadhav, 23, and another Pune resident Siddhesh Kamble (19) alias Saurav alias ‘Mahakal’, had cropped up in connection with the murder case. Pune Rural police — which was already searching for Jadhav as he was the prime accused in a local murder last year — intensified its manhunt. Police initially arrested Kamble from the Pune- Ahmednagar district border on June 7.Several Pune Rural Police personnel were dispatched to various places in Punjab, Delhi and Gujarat to search for Jadhav. Following the information gathered during Kamble’s interrogation as well as inputs obtained by ground-level intelligence gathering, the Pune Police team in Gujarat zeroed in on a suspect identified as Navnath Suryavanshi (27), who hails from Satara district and had been living in Mandvi town of Kutch district.Questioning of Suryavanshi, who is a friend of Jadhav’s, revealed the latter’s location in a small village near Mandvi with less than 100 households. On Sunday, a Pune Rural Police team arrested Jadhav, who had shaved his head in a bid to change his appearance. Police have said Suryavanshi was the one who helped Jadhav go into hiding.“Jadhav had distinct curly hair but he seems to have changed his appearance to avoid being identified.” said Pune Rural Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh. Jadhav and Suryavanshi were produced before a court in Pune on the midnight of Sunday and Monday. The two were remanded in Pune Rural Police’s custody till June 20.“Primary information suggests that Jadhav and two others, Suryavanshi and Mahakal, have links to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. We also suspect that they are linked to the Moosewala murder and we are trying to ascertain the exact role they played in the murder. Till now, we just had custody of Mahakal. Now that we have secured the custody of Jadhav and Suryavanshi, we will probe how they came to be linked to the Bishnoi gang and whether they had any plans in Maharashtra,” said Additional Director General of Police Kulwant Kumar Sarangal.“Our probe suggests that Mahakal came in contact with Santosh Jadhav in 2021 and has been to Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh with him. We also know that following directions from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, Mahakal had conducted the recce of some targets in Punjab and Haryana. The Bishnoi gang is a pan-India outfit and has its footprints in Maharashtra too and that’s why we are coordinating with police from Punjab and Delhi. We are also actively exchanging information with each other. We suspect there may be more persons in Maharashtra who are linked to the outfit,” added Sarangal.When asked how these youths from Pune came in contact with the Bishnoi gang, Sarangal said, “The investigation suggests that Mahakal was in contact with Jadhav and with his help, he has also travelled to Punjab and Haryana earlier. And through Jadhav, he came in contact with Vikram Brar, who is a core member of the Bishnoi gang. Now, the interrogation of Jadhav will reveal how the gang got in touch with these people and for what purpose.”On questioning Kamble in connection to the threat letter sent to Salim Khan and actor Salman Khan in Mumbai, Sarangal said, “He has given some information about it but we are verifying it. Primary probe suggests that Mahakal was aware of the threat being issued to Salman Khan. We will also question Jadhav and Suryavanshi about it. Our team is already in Delhi to interrogate Lawrence Bishnoi.”Jadhav, who hails from Pokhari village in Pune district, was earlier wanted by the Pune Rural police for the murder of history-sheeter Onkar Bankhele alias Ranya, who was shot dead in broad daylight in Manchar area on August 1, 2021.Jadhav has five cases registered against him with Pune Rural Police, including those of murder, attempt to murder and extortion. He has also been booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. Jadhav’s arrest by Pune Rural police is for his alleged role in the Bankhele murder but police are also investigating his and his associates’ alleged links to Moosewala case.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Congress leader and singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu alias Sidhu Moosewala (27), was gunned down near Mansa on May 29, days after the Punjab government reduced his security cover along with that of many others in the state. The Punjab Police had said that Moosewala was shot at by multiple shooters while he was driving his SUV in village Jawahar Ke in Mansa district along with two others. He was rushed to the Mansa Civil Hospital where he was declared dead.

Named in Sidhu Moosewala’s killing, Pune man held in Kutch, had a makeover
Pune police say Bishnoi gang has ‘footprints in Maharashtra’, arrest man named in Moosewala murder
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago

The Pune Rural police have arrested 23-year-old Santosh Jadhav, whose name recently surfaced as a shooter in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case, from a small village in Kutch, where he had been hiding by changing his appearance.Police probe has revealed that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, which is suspected to be behind Moosewala’s murder, has its footprint in Maharashtra too.Last week, the names of Jadhav, 23, and another Pune resident, Siddhesh Kamble (19) alias Saurav alias Mahakal, had cropped up in the Moosewala murder case. The Pune Rural police, who were already searching for Jadhav in a murder case from August 2021, intensified their manhunt, and arrested him from Pune Ahmednagar district border on June 7.Several Pune Rural police were dispatched to various places in Punjab, Delhi and Gujarat to search for Jadhav. Following the information gathered during Mahakal’s interrogation and also inputs obtained by ground-level intelligence gathering, the team in Gujarat zeroed down on a suspect identified as Navnath Suryavanshi (27), who hails from Satara district of Maharashtra and had been living in Mandvi town of Kutch.Questioning of Suryavanshi, who is a friend of Jadhav, revealed the latter’s location to a small village near Mandvi with less than 100 households. On Sunday, a police team of Pune rural police arrested Jadhav, who had shaved his head to change his appearance. Police have said that Suryavanshi was the one who helped Jadhav into hiding.“Jadhav had distinct curly hair. But he seems to have changed his appearance to avoid being identified,” said Pune Rural Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh.Jadhav and Suryavanshi were produced before a court in Pune around the intervening midnight of Sunday and Monday. The two were remanded in Pune rural police’s custody till June 20.Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kulwant Kumar Sarangal said, “Primary information suggests that Jadhav and two others — Suryavanshi and Mahakal — have links to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. We also suspect that they are linked to the Moosewala murder. So far, we only had the custody of Mahakal. Now that we have secured the custody of Jadhav and Suryavanshi, we will probe how they came to be linked to the Bishnoi gang and whether they had any plans in Maharashtra.”Sarangal added, “We know that following direction from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, Mahakal had done the recce for some targets in Punjab and Haryana. The Bishnoi gang is a pan-India outfit and has footprints in Maharashtra too. That is why we are coordinating with the police from Punjab and Delhi. We suspect more persons in Maharashtra might be linked to the outfit.”When asked about how these youths from Pune came in contact with the Bishnoi gang, Sarangal said, “Probe suggests that Mahakal was in contact with Jadhav and with his help he had gone to Punjab and Haryana in the past. And through Santosh, he came in contact with Vikram Brar, who is a core member of the Bishnoi gang. Now the interrogation of Jadhav will reveal how the gang made contacts with these people, and for what purpose.”When asked about the questioning of Mahakal in connection with the threat letter sent to actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan, Sarangal said, “He has given some information, which we are verifying. Primary probe suggests Mahakal was aware of the threat issued to Salman Khan. We will also question Jadhav and Suryavanshi about it. Our team is already in Delhi to interrogate Lawrence Bishnoi.”Jadhav, who hails from the Pokhari village in the Pune district, was earlier wanted for the murder of criminal Onkar Bankhele alias Ranya, who was shot dead in Pune on August 1, 2021. Jadhav has many as five cases registered against him with the Pune Rural police, including those of murder, attempt to murder, and extortion. He has also been booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).Jadhav’s arrest by the Pune Rural police is for his role in the Bankhele murder, but he is also being probed for links to the the Moosewala case.

Pune police say Bishnoi gang has ‘footprints in Maharashtra’, arrest man named in Moosewala murder
  • Sidhu Moosewala case: Pune Rural police arrest suspect, aide from Gujarat; say linked with Lawrence Bishnoi gang
  • The Indian Express

    The Pune Rural police have arrested a man, who has been named as a suspect in the murder of Punjabi singer and politician Sidhu Moosewala and is linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, officials said Monday. An official from the Pune Rural police said Santosh Jadhav, who shaved his head to change his appearance, was detained from Mandvi in Gujarat’s Kutch district by one of their teams Sunday night and that his police custody was secured later.Last week, the names of Jadhav, 23, and another Pune resident Siddhesh Kamble alias Saurav alias Mahakal had cropped up in the Moosewala murder case. The team has also apprehended Jadhav’s aide Navnath Suryavanshi, also believed to be linked to the Sidhu Moosewala case. Initially detained, Suryavanshi revealed the location of Jadhav. The arrests were made based on the information given by Kamble.“All these suspects – Kamble, Jadhav and Suryavanshi – are linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang as per our primary probe. They have played a role in the Moosewala case,” said Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kulwant Kumar Sarangal. “We are coordinating with the Delhi and Punjab police and are exchanging information,” added Sarangal.Jadhav and Suryavanshi were produced before a court in Pune around midnight on Sunday and they were remanded in police custody till June 20.“Kamble had done recce of some location and targets for the Bishnoi gang,” said Sarangal added. “Kamble was aware a threat letter was being sent to [Bollywood actor] Salman Khan. We are probing some more information provided by him,” he also said.Jadhav was earlier wanted by the Pune Rural police in connection with the brutal murder of criminal Onkar Bankhele alias Ranya from the Manchar area of Pune in August 2021. An official of the Pune Rural police said that they have arrested Jadhav in connection with Bankhele’s murder.Jadhav, who hails from the Pokhari village in the Pune district, has as many as five cases registered against him with Pune Rural police, including those of murder, attempt to murder, and extortion. He has also been booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).Kamble has already been arrested by the Pune Rural police from the Pune-Ahmednagar district border on charges of giving shelter to Jadhav after Bankhele’s murder when the police were looking for him.Congress leader and singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu alias Sidhu Moosewala was gunned down near Mansa on May 29, days after the Punjab government reduced his security cover along with many others in the state. The Punjab Police had said 27-year-old Moosewala was shot at while he was driving his SUV in village Jawahar Ke in Mansa district along with two others. He was rushed to the Mansa Civil Hospital where he was declared dead.

Gujarat: 6 dead in three separate rain-related incidents in Saurashtra
Times of India | 3 weeks ago
Times of India
3 weeks ago

RAJKOT: In a pre-monsoon activity in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, six people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Morbi, Surendrangar and Kutch districts since Sunday night. The rain continued on Monday also in the parts of Saurashtra and Rajkot city. According to the police three people were struck by lightning in Bharada village of Dhrangadhra taluka of Surendrangar district on Monday when they were grazing the cattle, one person died while two injured are being treated at a government hospital. The deceased is identified as Bikha Bharwad (30). Two more people died of lightning during rain in Khari Sim area of Bhachau taluka of Kutch district on Monday noon. The deceased are identified as Babu Halepotra (28) and Saraddin Halepotra (27). They both were residents of Khavda in Bhuj taluka and they were grazing cattle. Three people died when a wall collapsed in Sundribhavani village of Halvad taluka in Morbi district on Sunday evening. Three family members went to the farm when there was heavy rain accompanied with wind and thunderstorm. These three people, including a couple, took shelter near a Kaccha room built in a farm for the rest. The wall of this room collapsed and all the three crushed under the wall. The deceased are identified as Vaghji Degama (30) his wife Rajuben Degama (26) and Vagji’s younger brother Sheela Degama. (28). However they could not be rescued because in the rain nobody was knowing about this incident. When they did not return home the villagers came in search at the farm and found their dead bodies under the debris.

Gujarat: 6 dead in three separate rain-related incidents in Saurashtra
Drugs Hidden In Basmati Rice Packets Recovered Off Gujarat Coast
Ndtv | 3 weeks ago
Ndtv
3 weeks ago

In the past, BSF and ICG have caught packets off Jakhau coast.(Representational)Ahmedabad: A patrolling team of the Border Security Force (BSF) recovered 10 packets containing hash, likely to have washed ashore from Pakistan, from an island off Jakhau coast near Gujarat's Kutch district on Sunday, officials said.The hash, which was found in packets with 'Cobra brand Kohinoor basmati rice' written on them, was recovered from Varaya Thar Bet in Karmatha off Jakhau coast, the BSF said in a release."These charas packets likely to have washed ashore from the Pakistan side and reached the Indian coast. So far since May 20, 2022, a total of 1,516 similar packets of the drug have been recovered by the BSF and other agencies," it said.On several occasions in the past, the BSF, local police, Indian Coast Guard (ICG), and customs officials have recovered packets off Jakhau coast and Creek area.This comes nearly a week after the security agencies and the police in Kutch district similarly recovered 49 packets of heroin worth Rs 250 crore after they washed ashore in the creek area of the Arabian sea near Jakhau.The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) later confirmed that the packets were part of the consignment being smuggled on a Pakistani boat that was recently apprehended by the ICG and the ATS in a joint operation.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe boat had been apprehended on the intervening night of May 30 and 31, and rummaging it had not yielded the drug as the crew members had thrown two plastic bags containing the contraband upon finding the ICG ship approaching them in the high seas, officials had said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Drugs Hidden In Basmati Rice Packets Recovered Off Gujarat Coast
Gujarat: Mundra heroin haul to be destroyed Wednesday, Union finance minister to oversee process virtually
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

Nearly 2,990 kg heroin seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at Mundra port last September will be destroyed Wednesday, during an operation overseen by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Centre said.“The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) would be conducting a Drug Destruction Day tomorrow (08.06.2022) as apart of Iconic Week of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” (AKAM) celebrations of Ministry of Finance to mark the 75th year of Indian independence. A total of around 42000 kg narcotics would be destroyed at 14 locations across the country,” a release by the Press Information Bureau read.Of the 42,000 kg narcotics set to be incinerated, 2,990 kg is high-grade heroin seized by the DRI at Mundra port, which is run by the Adani Group, in Kutch district last September. The consignment, the largest ever to be intercepted in India, was believed to be worth Rs 21,000 crore in market price, sources said.The 14 locations where the narcotics will be destroyed include Mundra and Kandla ports in Kutch district as well as Ankleshwar in Bharuch district of Gujarat, Guwahati in Assam, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Pune and Raigad in Maharashtra, Patna in Bihar, Siliguri in West Bengal, Tumkur in Karnataka, New Delhi, Hyderabad in Telangana, Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu, the release further said.“The heroin consignment seized by the DRI from Adani’s Mundra port is part of the narcotics and psychotropic substances which will be incinerated on Wednesday,” an officer involved in the probe in the Mundra drug haul case told indianexpress.com.Sitharaman will virtually oversee the process of destroying the contraband, he added.“The Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman would be virtually witnessing the destruction process to be held at Guwahati, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mundra/Kandla, Patna and Siliguri and would be addressing the officers,” the release said.According to investigating agencies that probed the Mundra drug haul case, the contraband had come from Afghanistan and was shipped from Bandar Abbas port in Iran. In official documents, the cargo packed in two containers was declared to be semi-processed talc and talc stones. However, based on inputs, the DRI had intercepted the consignment at Mundra port and arrested a couple from Chennai, claiming the firm run by them had imported the cargo. Later on, a few more people were arrested in connection with the case even as the probe was eventually transferred to the National Investigating Agency (NIA). Accordingly, the case was transferred to a special NIA court in Ahmedabad from the NDPS Act court in Bhuj, Kutch.

Gujarat: Mundra heroin haul to be destroyed Wednesday, Union finance minister to oversee process virtually
  • Heroin Worth 250 Crores Dumped By Pak Smugglers In Gujarat's Kutch: Cops
  • Ndtv

    Ahmedabad: The packets recovered in a creek area in the coastal Kutch district, dumped by Pakistani smugglers, contained heroin worth Rs 250 crore, the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) said on Monday.As many as 49 packets were recovered near Jakhau by the Border Security Force (BSF) and local police on Sunday.Before that, seven Pakistani crew members were apprehended by the ATS and Indian Coast Guard on the Indian side of the Arabian sea on the night of May 30."As directed by Pakistan-based smugglers who had planned to smuggle contraband into Gujarat, the captain of the boat, Mohammad Akram, threw two bags into the sea when they saw the coast guard ship approaching," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, ATS, B P Rozia.The coast guard and ATS had apprehended the Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven men on board on May 30.The arrested Pakistani nationals revealed that two plastic bags containing contraband were loaded on the boat by smugglers at Pishukan port in Pakistan, and the cargo was supposed to be offloaded in another boat in the Indian waters."To save themselves, the captain threw the bags in the sea. They washed ashore in the creek area near Jakhau, 40 nautical miles from the spot," the ATS official said.Forensic analysis established that the 49 sealed packets contained nearly 50 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 250 crore in the international market, said Rozia.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEfforts were on to arrest those who were supposed to take delivery of the contraband in mid-sea from the Pak crew, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Heroin Worth ₹250 Crore, Dumped By Pakistani Smugglers, Found In Gujarat
  • Ndtv

    The coast guard and ATS had apprehended the Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven men on board on May 30.Ahmedabad: 49 packets containing heroin worth Rs 250 crore, recovered in a creek area in the coastal Kutch district in Gujarat, was dumped by Pakistani smugglers, the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) said on Monday.The packets were recovered near Jakhau by the Border Security Force (BSF) and local police on Sunday.Before that, seven Pakistani crew members were apprehended by the ATS and Indian Coast Guard on the Indian side of the Arabian sea on the night of May 30."As directed by Pakistan-based smugglers who had planned to smuggle contraband into Gujarat, the captain of the boat, Mohammad Akram, threw two bags into the sea when they saw the coast guard ship approaching," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, ATS, BP Rozia.The coast guard and ATS had apprehended the Pakistani boat Al Noman with seven men on board on May 30.The arrested Pakistani nationals revealed that two plastic bags containing contraband were loaded on the boat by smugglers at Pishukan port in Pakistan, and the cargo was supposed to be offloaded in another boat in the Indian waters."To save themselves, the captain threw the bags in the sea. They washed ashore in the creek area near Jakhau, 40 nautical miles from the spot," the ATS official said.Forensic analysis established that the 49 sealed packets contained nearly 50 kilograms of heroin worth Rs 250 crore in the international market, said Mr Rozia.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEfforts were on to nab those who were supposed to take delivery of the contraband in mid-sea from the Pak crew, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Gujarat police: After Pak boat crew’s arrest, 50 kg heroin found floating in sea
  • The Indian Express

    The Border Security Force and marine police have recovered 50 kg of heroin (worth Rs 250 crore) packed in plastic packets in the sea off the Jakhau coast in Gujarat’s Kutch district.According to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), a joint team of the BSF and the Jakhau marine police recovered 49 heroin packets floating in sacks at the Sial Creek area on Sunday.ATS officials said the discovery of 50 kg of heroin came five days after seven Pakistani nationals on a boat were arrested by the ATS and the Coast Guard in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast. While no suspicious substance was found on the Pakistani boat, which had allegedly set off from the Gwadar port in Baloch province of the neighbouring country, ATS said the crew members were trying to smuggle drugs to India and had allegedly thrown two sacks containing narcotics into the sea.“On May 31, acting upon intelligence received by ATS officials, seven Pakistani nationals travelling in a boat named Al Nouman were detained in a joint operation with the Coast Guard. After the boat was thoroughly searched, no narcotics were found. The accused were booked and arrested under the Foreigner’s Act for illegally entering India. They told us they were smuggling heroin and narcotics to the Jakhau coast; however they had dumped the two plastic sacks in the sea midway as they got spooked after seeing a big ship headed their way,” a senior ATS official said at a press conference in Ahmedabad on Monday.The official said the marine police, special operations group, BSF and the Coast Guard were informed of the possibility of heroin packets having been dumped in the sea. “A joint team recovered 49 packets of heroin weighing 50 kg. The place where the narcotics were found is 40-456 nautical miles away from where the accused men told us they had dumped the drugs. An ATS team has reached Jakhau to join the investigation,” said the ATS official.The seven arrested were identified as Mohammad Akram Baloch, Zubair Baloch, Ishaq Baloch, Shaeed Ali Baloch, Ashraf Baloch, Shoaib Baloch and Shehzad Baloch.

  • Search on to spot heroin dumped in Arabian sea by Pakistan crew
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: An underwater search operation has been launched to find 50kg of heroin worth Rs 250 crore that had been dumped in the Arabian Sea by the crew members of Pakistani boat Al Noman, said officers on Friday. The boat with the crew members had been apprehended on May 30 over suspicion of smuggling narcotics. "During investigation, the crew members confessed to have dumped around 50kg of heroin in the sea. When they spotted a coast guard ship moving towards them, the crew members first tried to flee, then dumped the two sacks of drugs they had brought from Gwadar port in Pakistan," said an officer of the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad that was also part of the May 30 operation. According to the ATS officers, the crew members identified as Mohammed Baloch, Zubair Baloch, Ishak Baloch, Shahid Baloch, Ashraf Baloch, Shoeb Baloch, and Shehzad Baloch have been booked under the sections of the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act as they had entered the Indian borders without legally valid documents. "If the agencies find the drugs packed in sealed sacks from the sea, then the accused will also be booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act," said the officer, adding: "During primary questioning, the accused revealed that the drugs were loaded from Pishukan in Gwadar district of Balochistan province in Pakistan. It was meant to be delivered to Punjab." The officer said, "A man named Rahid Baloch had assigned the crew the task of delivering the drugs. The owner of the boat was a Baloch citizen named Mohammed Wasim who gave the boat Al Noman to Shahab Baloch and Rahid," said the police officer. The police officer said that the captain of the boat was promised Rs 2 lakh while the six crew members were to get Rs 50,000 for the job. "The crew members were told to contact the local receiver off Gujarat coast through a VHF (very high frequency) set. However, Gujarat ATS got an input regarding suspicious drug smuggling activity, following which a coast guard ship chased the boat and apprehended the crew," said an ATS officer. The cops are yet to find out details of the local receivers from Gujarat who were supposed to collect the drugs and how the consignment would be sent to the drugs mafia of Punjab.

Gujarat: 49 packets containing drugs recovered from creek area off coast by BSF, cops
Times of India | 4 weeks ago
Times of India
4 weeks ago

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.

Gujarat: 49 packets containing drugs recovered from creek area off coast by BSF, cops
Heroin Worth Rs 1,439 Crore Seized Near Kandla Port In Gujarat
Ndtv | 2 months ago
Ndtv
2 months ago

Ahmedabad: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized 205.6 kg heroin worth Rs 1,439 crore from a container near Kandla port in Gujarat and arrested an importer from Punjab in this connection following an extensive search operation, the DRI said on Monday.According to a senior police official, the contraband was recovered from one of the 17 containers which had arrived at the Kandla port from Iran between September and October last year.Earlier on April 21, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad had announced that the DRI in a joint operation with the ATS seized over 200 kg of heroin worth Rs 1,300 crore after conducting a raid at a container station near Kandla port in Kutch district of the state.On Monday, the DRI in a release said, "Based on intelligence developed jointly with officers of the Gujarat ATS, officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence are currently examining a consignment, imported by an Uttarakhand-based firm at Kandla port."The consignment arrived at the Kandla port from the Bandar Abbas port, Iran. The consignment, imported in 17 containers having 10,318 bags, had a gross weight of 394 metric tonnes and was declared as "gypsum powder", said the release."So far, 205.6 kg of heroin, valued at Rs 1,439 crore in the illicit market, has been recovered. A detailed examination of the consignment is still going on at the port," the DRI said."The importer was not found at the registered address in Uttarakhand. Accordingly, a manhunt was launched across the country to nab the importer," said the DRI, which has not revealed the importer's identity.The DRI conducted searches at various places across India to locate the importer, who was changing locations and hiding to evade identification.He was eventually arrested from a small village in Punjab under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The importer had tried to resist and flee, but he was nabbed by the DRI officers, said the release.The DRI acquired his transit remand from a special court in Amritsar on Sunday. He will be produced before a jurisdictional court in Bhuj town of Kutch on Monday, it said.Commenting on the development, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia said the 17 containers had arrived at the Kandla port from Iran between September and October last year and were under the scanner since then."Though the containers were searched back then also, nothing suspicious was found by the authorities. Later, based on a specific input by the ATS that one container carried the contraband, the DRI, with the help of forensic experts, recovered 205.6 kg of heroin from that container," Mr Bhatia said at the ATS headquarters here.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe development comes months after the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore from two containers at the Mundra port in Gujarat in September last year.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Heroin Worth Rs 1,439 Crore Seized Near Kandla Port In Gujarat
Girl, 17, Kidnapped, Gang-Raped In Gujarat; 4 Arrested
Ndtv | 3 months ago
Ndtv
3 months ago

The teenage victim was found lying unconscious (Representational)Bhuj: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped after being forced to consume country-made liquor on the outskirts of Bhuj town in Gujarat's Kutch district, police said on Sunday.Four persons have been arrested in connection with the crime, which took place on a farm at the foot of a hill in Bhujia area on March 16, Kutch West Superintendent of Police Saurabh Singh said.The teenage victim was found lying unconscious and rushed to a hospital by people residing in the vicinity, he said."She had gone to the farm with a friend, where the accused made her consume liquor and also had it themselves, following which they gang-raped her. Based on her complaint, four people were arrested," the SP said."The victim remembers one person raping her, after which she fainted due to the effect of liquor. A second person has confessed to raping her. A probe is underway to find out if the other two accused also raped her while she was unconscious," Mr Singh added.The four accused have been charged by Bhuj B Division police under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as provisions of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe woman has been raped by more than one person and medical reports of the victim are awaited to ascertain if the remaining two accused also raped her, another official involved in the probe said.He identified the accused as Hussain Kakal (35), Rahul Sathwara (19), Valji Vadhiyara (24) and Mahesh Maheshwari (20), all of whom were remanded in police custody for 10 days.

Girl, 17, Kidnapped, Gang-Raped In Gujarat; 4 Arrested
Gujarat: Desalination plant for industries to be ready in Dahej by March 2022
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

A desalination plant being built exclusively for providing water to industries including the Dahej PCPIR (Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region) in Bharuch is expected to be commissioned by end of March 2022. This plant will help reduce the dependence on water from river Narmada.“One of the biggest desalination plants exclusively for industrial purposes will be commissioned in Dahej in three months time, i.e by end of March 2022. This is being built on a capital contribution model from the industries. This will provide the water security for industries, especially during the summers. The desalinated water will fill the gap,” M Thennarasan, vice-chairman and managing director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) said about the 100 million litres per day (MLD) capacity plant that is being built by L&T Construction and UAE-based Tecton Engineering and Construction LLC at a cost of Rs 1000 crore.Apart from the shortage of water during summer season, water in Narmada river near Bharuch tends to get saline as it nears the estuary. During high tides, the sea water enters the river and reaches up to Bharuch city. This salinity ingress, compounded by reduced flow of water in the river – after the Sardar Sarovar dam built upstream reached its maximum height a few years ago – has spoiled the quality of fresh water flowing in Narmada downstream.Dahej PCPIR, which is spread over 450 square kilometres, currently has a water requirement of 454 MLD, former chief minister Vijay Rupani had said while laying the foundation stone of this desalination plant in November 2019.Most of it is satiated through Narmada. Once the desalination plant becomes functional, almost one-fourth of the industries requirement will be met through this plant for which GIDC has allocated land in Dahej-2 estate within the Dahej PCPIR.The GIDC which has two parcels of land within Dahej PCPIR has sold out most of the land. “The area occupied by GIDC in Dahej PCPIR is 110 square kilometers. Of the total area, 97 per cent has already been sold out. Roughly around 1500 units have taken up space within the GIDC and roughly 300 of them are functional. Another 600 are in various stages of construction,” Thennarasan said.About 80 per cent of units that have taken space within the GIDC are chemical units. Apart from the desalination plant in Dahej, Gujarat government has proposed to construct seven more desalination plants including those at Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar and Kutch.“There is a similar demand (for desalination plant) from industries in Kutch. The feasibility studies are yet to be done,” Thennarasan added.The cost of the water from these desalination plants has been a touchy issue for the state government. In March 2020, the government had told the Gujarat Assembly that Rs 45 will be charged per 1000 litres of water from the 30 MLD desalination plant in Gir Somnath district which is being set up by Shapoorji Pallonji and US-based Aquatech System Asia Pvt Ltd. There will be a three per cent annual rise in the cost of water from this plant.

Gujarat: Desalination plant for industries to be ready in Dahej by March 2022
Six Pakistani nationals held, heroin worth Rs 385 crore seized off Jakhau coast
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

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.”

Six Pakistani nationals held, heroin worth Rs 385 crore seized off Jakhau coast
  • Gujarat: Pakistani boat, 6 men held with 77kg of heroin
  • Times of India

    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.

  • Six Pakistani nationals held with 77kg heroin worth nearly Rs 400cr off Gujarat coast
  • Times of India

    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.

  • Coast Guard seizes Pakistani fishing boat with ‘heroin worth Rs 400 crore’
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • Gujarat: Pakistani fishing boat carrying 77kg heroin worth around Rs 400cr apprehended in Indian waters
  • Times of India

    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 c… https://t.co/g81TWkITUm— PRO Defence Gujarat (@DefencePRO_Guj) 1639962982000