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In a joint operation, Indian Coast Guard apprehends Pakistani Boat in Arabian Sea near Porbandar

Narcotics worth about ₹480 crore seized onboard

March 12, 2024 Photo(s): By SpokespersonMoD / X
In a meticulously planned joint operation, Indian Coast Guard intercepted a Pakistani boat carrying narcotics worth approximately ₹480 crore in the Arabian Sea.

In an overnight joint operation during intervening nights of March 11 & 12, 2024, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), based on intelligence inputs, apprehended a Pakistani Boat with 6 crew and narcotics onboard, worth approximately ₹480 crore. The Boat was apprehended about 350 km from Porbandar into Arabian Sea in a sea-air coordinated operation involving ICG ships and Dornier Aircraft. The operation exhibited well-coordinated efforts between ICG, NCB and ATS Gujrat.

The Indian Coast Guard, on specific intelligence input from agencies, strategically positioned its ships in Arabian Sea on Monday, March 11, 2024. ICG also tasked its Dornier aircraft to scan and locate the boat in likely areas. After an exhaustive search in area, the ICG Ships, with teams of NCB and ATS Gujarat, arrived location and positively identified the boat which was moving suspiciously in dark. On being challenged by ICG Ships, the boat started evasive manoeuvring, but was deftly chased and forced to stop by ICG ships. Boarding team immediately embarked the ship for preliminary checks and investigations.

The boat was found to be a Pakistani boat with six crew. Investigation by the joint boarding team and rummaging of boat revealed approx. 80 Kg of drugs worth approx. ₹480 crore.

The boat along with crew has been apprehended and is being brought to Porbandar for further investigation. This is the tenth apprehension by ICG, jointly with ATS Gujarat and NCB, in last three years, amounting to 517 kg Narcotics worth ₹3,135 crores.