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Gujarat ATS recovers 120 kg of heroin worth crores in Morbi, 3 detained

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Ahmedabad: Months after 3,000 kilograms of heroin (worth around Rs 21,000 crore) was seized from Mundra port in Kutch, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) recovered 120 kg of heroin worth crores from Zinzuda village in Morbi.

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Three people were arrested in Zinzuda village, located near the Navlakhi port which is in the Gulf of Kutch, in an operation carried out by the ATS along with local police.

“Another achievement of Gujarat Police. Gujarat Police is leading from the front to eliminate the drugs. Gujarat ATS has nabbed around 120 kg of drugs,” said Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi.

The minister said more details on the matter would be shared by the state Director General of Police later in the day.

The development comes months after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized around 3,000 kilograms of heroin from Adani owned-Mundra port in Kutch in September.

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The drug was found smuggled in two cargo containers declared as shipping semi-processed talc stones. The drugs were shipped from Afghanistan.

The seized heroin was exported by a Kandahar-based Hassan Hussain Limited and imported by Vijayawada-based Aashi Trading Company via Bandar Abbas Port, Iran, to Gujarat’s Mundra Port.

The DRI also arrested a Chennai-based couple, Machavaram Sudhakaran and Durga P V Govindaraju, in the case, which is now with the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The NIA FIR has named Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga P V Govindaraju and Rajkumar P as accused among others. Sudhakaran and Govindaraju own the company that was shipping the contraband. Govindaraju is the proprietor of Aashi Trading Company, registered in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, that was importing the talc.

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