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ICG apprehends fishing vessel with four crew off the Mumbai coast; 30,000 litres of illicit diesel & ₹1.75 lakh cash seized

May 13, 2024 Photo(s): By X / SpokespersonMoD
Indian Coast Guard intercepts fishing vessel Aai Tuljai, uncovers illegal diesel smuggling operation off Mumbai coast.
Seized: 30,000 ltrs of illicit diesel & ₹1.75 lakh in unaccounted cash. Crew intended to peddle to unsuspecting fishermen.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended a fishing vessel Aai Tuljai, with four crew members onboard, about 27 nautical miles southwest of Mumbai on May 12, 2024. An ICG Fast Patrol Vessel and an Interceptor Boat apprehended the suspected vessel involved in illegal diesel smuggling.

After a thorough search of the vessel, a cache of approximately 30,000 litres of illicit diesel, with an estimated value of ₹30 lakh, concealed within its fish holds was seized. Also, a sum of ₹1.75 lakh in unaccounted cash was confiscated. Interrogation of the arrested crew revealed their intent to peddle their illegal wares to unsuspecting fishermen.

The apprehended vessel was escorted by ICG Interceptor Boat to the Mumbai harbour, where it was handed over to the authorities of the Department of Customs for proper investigation and legal proceedings. Other Coastal Security Agencies, including the Police, Fisheries, and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, were also brought into the fold to ensure a comprehensive action against this maritime menace.