Modi under fire as heroin worth $3b recovered from friend’s port

Drugs were shipped via 2 containers from Afghanistan to port operated by Indian PM's friend and financier Gautam Adani


APP September 22, 2021
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:

The pin-drop silence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in question after the seizure of 3,000 kilogrammes of heroin worth INR210 billion ($3 billion) at the Mundra Port in Gujarat, operated by his friend and financier Gautam Adani.

In the biggest-ever single drug haul in India, the heroin was shipped via two containers from Afghanistan to the port operated by the Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, according to the Hindustan Times.

Gautam Adani, who hails from the Modi’s constituency Gujarat, owns nearly one-fourth of the cargo movement in the country and manages 13 domestic ports in seven maritime states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.

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Also, the information regarding the 25 per cent share of Modi in the port raised many eyebrows, with fingers pointed at him for promoting drug smuggling in the country.

The topic dominated social media conversations as politicians, civil society and journalists targeted Adani Group and the Modi government over the confiscation of heroin from the Mundra port.

The Congress attacked the Centre asking how such a drug syndicate was operating in India “under the nose of the government” as well as the Narcotics Control Bureau.

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“Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, who are from Gujarat, unable to break this drug syndicate,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press conference.

He said the smuggling of drugs into India had increased substantially in the last few years. “This will not only destroy the future of the youth of India, but it is the potential funding route for the terrorist organisations globally,” he said.

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy offered to file a Public Interest Litigation after the capture of heroin, which according to the experts of Gandhi Nagar Central Forensic Science Laboratory, was found to be of “very high quality”.

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Leader of Telugu Desam Party, Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar at a presser said it was a “shame” for India to emerging as the epicentre of the contraband mafia.

“How is it possible for the international drug and uranium mafia to operate in Andhra Pradesh (Indian State) without the support of the government and top police officers,” he asked.

The Adani Group in a clarification said it was only a port operator and did not have the authority to check shipments arriving at the port.

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