Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8 Pak nationals caught with drugs in police custody






  Mumbai: The Yellow Gate police produced eight Pakistani nationals, arrested with 232 kg heroin worth Rs 6.93 crore, before a court on Monday . The magistrate remanded them in police custody till May 5. The Coast Guard and the Navy had intercepted a Pakistani boat that was ferrying a huge quantity of heroin on April 20. The heroin packets were hidden in plastic cans. Besides heroin, three satellite phones and global positioning systems were also recovered.

The latest communication system was being used to facilitate transshipment of the contraband to another boat, coast guard sources said.

The apprehended boat was brought to Porbandar by the authorities on Tuesday . Those arrested were identified as Karachi resident Mohmmad Yusuf (40), Mohmmad Ahmed (28), a Punjab resident, Maqsood Akhtar, and five residents of Sindh province, including Alibakhsh Allahbakhsh (30), Gulshan Siddique (40), Bakhsh Natho (40), Gulshan Maulabakhsh (30) and Yunus Sutar (35).
The accused told the police that they were fishermen and were paid Rs 10,000 to deliver packets, contents of which were unknown to them.

The police said they needed to find out where the consignment was to be delivered and who were the recipients.A Thuraya satellite phone was recovered and it was their handler in Pakistan and the suspected people in India whom the accused were in touch with. The police still don't know who owned the boat which the ferried the suspects and the consignment. It neither had a flag nor any name. The accused are facing a criminal case under various IPC sections, Narcotic Substances and Psychotropic Substances Act and Maritime Laws.

The police are trying to establish if the consignment was supposed to be delivered in Mumbai. However, the city police have denied having any such information from the security agencies.




THE TIMES OF INDIA, APRIL 28, 2015

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