STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Coast Guard apprehends boats carrying large cache of bullets, AK rifles and drugs

Public Relations Officer ICG Commandant Anoop Kumar informed, 'ICG intercepted 03 suspected boats off Minicoy Island carrying five AK-47 rifles with 1000 live rounds and 300 Kg of Heroine.'

Published: 18th March 2021 11:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th March 2021 11:17 PM   |  A+A-

Indian Coast Guard. (Representational Photo | ANI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In a coordinated operation by the sea and air wings of the Indian Coast Guard, suspected boats carrying rifles, huge quantity of bullets and drug have been intercepted on Thursday. This is second such large interception within a fortnight.

Public Relations Officer ICG Commandant Anoop Kumar informed, "ICG intercepted 03 suspected boats off Minicoy Island carrying 05 AK-47 rifles with 1000 live rounds and 300 Kg of Heroine."

Boats being escorted to nearest port for further joint investigation said Commandant Anoop. Details regarding the nationality of the boat and the crew were still awaited at the time The New Indian Express published this story.

In another major success the maritime force was successful in averting a major drug transshipment via sea route in the Lakshadweep Sea. It also was a coordinated operation of the ICG ships and aircraft which were on patrol off the Lakshadweep islands. Three Sri Lankan fishing boats SLFB Akarsha Duwa which was intercepted along with narcotics/contraband. The crew had admitted carrying five bags of contraband weighing around 260 kg of narcotics which, as per the Coast Guard, they had dropped in water.

The value of these narcotics in international market is approx Rs. 2100 crore. Six Sri Lankan crew members were detained for final investigation. Two other Sri Lankan boats with crew were released for handing over to Sri Lankan authorities.

In a similar operation in November 2020, Indian Coast Guard had apprehended Sri Lankan fishing boat 'Shenaya Duwa' off Kanyakumari, carrying narcotics worth value approx Rs. 1000 crore in the International market.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp