Biggest drug haul: 1500 kg heroin worth Rs 3500 cr seized off Gujarat coast

Intruder suspicious vessel, which was found to be registered in Panama, had 8 crew members, no cargo

Cargo vessel Amber L detained by coastal security agencies

In one of the Biggest Drugs Haul, an Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship seized 1,500 kgs of heroin valued at about Rs 3,500 crore from a merchant vessel off the Gujarat coast, a defence spokesperson said today.

Merchant vessel ‘Henry’ was intercepted and detained off the Gulf of Khambat along the Gujarat coast by ICG ship ‘Samudra Pavak,’ the coast guard said in a release today.

Latest Current Affairs : The vessel was intercepted at around 12:00 hrs yesterday.

“During the initial inspection by the Coast Guard, approximately 1,500 kg of narcotics worth Rs 3,500 crore have been found onboard (ship ‘Henry’). This is the biggest catch of narcotics in the present times,” it said.

The intruder suspicious vessel, which was found to be registered in Panama, had eight crew members onboard and no cargo. It said it was headed to Bhavnagar for breaking at the Alang yard after being intercepted by the ICG ship in the Gulf of Khambat, which was denied by the Gujarat Maritime Board, the ICG said.

The vessel was today taken to Porbandar, and crew members were detained for interrogation in the presence of intelligence agencies, police, customs, enforcement, narcotics, and the navy, it said.

The development comes three days after the ICG was mobilised on intelligence input that an Iranian vessel Prince-II, carrying large amount of narcotics (heroin and chitta), was likely to enter Bhavnagar (Gulf of Khambat) or Jamnagar (Gulf of Kutch) in disguise, the release said.

Following this, the ICG intercepted and detained two cargo ships — Al-Amir and Noor-E-Shabir– on July 28 for questioning after their movement was found to be suspicious.

While they were being questioned, vessel ‘Henry’ was detected to be moving suspiciously in the Gulf of Khambat by ICG aircraft Dornier when it was “sanitising the sea area,” the ICG said.

I am ‘adopted son’ of UP, says PM Modi

He said the future of the state cannot be ensured without ridding it of SP, BSP, Congress

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Calling himself the “adopted son” of UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the future of the state could not be ensured without ridding it of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress. Invoking Lord Krishna at an election meeting here to suggest a strong connect between Gujarat and UP, Modi, who represents Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, said the state was his “mai-baap” (parents) and he will not desert it.

“Vote for a full majority to the Bharatiya Janata Party. I promise to show you the ways of all the problems you are facing within five years,” he said, telling the crowd that all pollsters had predicted BJP getting massive support in the first two phases of polling.

Highlighting the problems faced by the state and its national importance, Modi said poverty will be removed from the country only when it is eradicated from UP.

“This is the land of Ganga and Yamuna where the land is most fertile with crores of labourours but poverty still exists here…why is this so? There is nothing wrong with the people here or their capabilities or shortage of resources,” he said.

Amit Shah not to be next Gujarat CM: BJP

Amit Shah not to be next Gujarat CM: BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday cleared the air on party president Amit Shah being appointed as the next Chief Minister of Gujarat after Anandiben Patel offered to resign from the post on Monday.

It was also announced that the next chief minister would be from the existing party MLAs inGujarat.

“There is no such consultation going on in the party. He (Amit Shah) is party’s national president and under his leadership the party has reached great heights. The party needs his leadership. The CM will be from the existing legislators”, said Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu after the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting.

He, however informed that Shah would be present in the meeting of legislature party to be held in Gujarat on Thursday to decide the next chief minister.

“He will chair the meeting of state legislature party and hold consultation with the stakeholders to decide on the next chief minister of Gujarat,” Naidu told reporters here.

Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and national general secretary Saroj Pandey would also be present in the meeting as central observers.

Calling Anandiben Patel an “inspiration” for many across the country, Naidu said that she headed the government in “satisfactory” manner.