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Narcotics shipment worth ₹2,100 crore foiled by Coast Guard

A Coast Guard ship intercepting three Sri Lankan boats in the Indian territorial waters.   

A major narcotics transshipment via sea, estimated to be worth ₹2,100 crore in the international market, was intercepted in the Lakshadweep Sea, the Coast Guard said on Monday.

Coast Guard ships and aircraft on patrol off the Lakshadweep islands observed suspicious movements of three Sri Lankan fishing boats and then intercepted them. Initial investigations revealed that one of the boats Akarsha Duwa had been at sea for over a fortnight and the crew gave inconsistent answers on questioning. They later admitted to having been involved in smuggling of narcotics and contraband, a Coast Guard statement said.

“With the fear of getting apprehended, the crew decided to flee the area. However, on realizing that fleeing... was impossible, they dropped five bags of contraband weighing around 260 kg of narcotics in the water. The value of these narcotics in the international market is approximately ₹2,100 crore,” the statement said.

The boats were brought to Vizhinjam port near Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday for further interrogation. Post joint investigation, the Akarsha Duwa and its six Sri Lankan crew were detained for final investigation while two other boats were released to be handed over to Sri Lankan authorities, the statement added.

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