ICG recovers charas worth Rs. 4 lakh off Gujarat coast
(Sourced from PTI)
An interceptor craft of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has recovered three packets of charas worth Rs. 4 lakh off the Gujarat coast, an official said on Saturday. The three packets of charas, weighing approximately 3 kg, were pounded off the Jakhau area around 3.30 pm on Friday, a press release said.
The agency has so far seized 202 packets of narcotics, worth Rs. 3 crore, off the Kutch coast in Gujarat along the Arabian Sea in the last one year, the release stated. "The Indian Coast Guard, in coordination with other stakeholders, has been the prime agency involved in the recovery of narcotic substances off Gujarat coast in the recent past," it added.
The ICG, Border Security Force, local police, and customs together have recovered over 1,000 packets of charas off Kutch coast in the last one year. Smugglers are suspected to have dumped this huge cache of drugs in the Arabian Sea to evade arrest.
As per the official statement, the coast guard has increased its patrolling in and around the Jakhau area, with its interceptor boats, interceptor crafts, and air cushion vessels to maintain a strict vigil. "This is in continuation of the series of narcotics catch earlier by various security agencies in the region, from where 202 packets of narcotics have already been recovered," it added.
In July, the Indian Coast Guard seized 24 packets of charas accounting for Rs. 36 lakh off Kadiyari Beyt near Jakhau port. In October, the ICG had recovered five one kilogram packets of narcotics worth approximately Rs. 7 lakh off Kadiyari Beyt near Jakhau harbor.