- Containers from three countries will not be handled
- Adani Ports clarified its position
- The change will take effect on November 15
On September 16, DRI officials seized three tonnes of heroin from Adani-controlled Mundra port in Gujarat. A container full of narcotics was reportedly smuggled from Afghanistan through the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas under the guise of talc. According to revenue officials, more than Rs 20,000 crore worth of drugs were seized.
On Monday, the company announced that it would no longer handle containers imported from the three countries. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said the new change would take effect from November 15. This will apply to all the ten ports operated by the company in India.
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The seizure of heroin from the DRI port of Mundra last month is reported to be one of the biggest drug busts in world history. The drugs were seized from two containers labeled as semi-processed talc stones during a special operation conducted by DRI. It is believed that the heroin, which was produced in Afghanistan, was shipped to the Gujarat coast in containers at an Iranian port. Several people, including a couple, have been arrested by the DRI in connection with the incident.
Ashi Trading Company has been found to have imported fake heroin called talc. The company is named after M Sudhakar and G Durga Poorna Vaishali. They were arrested from Chennai and taken to Mundra. The court remanded the two in DRI custody for 10 days. The case has been referred to the National Investigation Agency for further investigation.
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However, Adani Ports has denied any involvement in the incident. The company had earlier issued a statement condemning the incident. The company said that under the Central Government Act, customs and DRI are allowed to open, inspect and seize goods brought illegally. At the same time, port operators cannot open and inspect cargo brought in containers. Adani Ports said in a statement that their job was only to run the port.
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