New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has initiated a money-laundering probe into the seizure of 3,000 kilograms of heroin – valued at nearly Rs 20,000 crore – from Gujarat’s Mundra Port.
Recovered on Monday, the drugs were part of a shipment of talc that originated from Afghanistan and was shipped to India via Iran.
Reports said that 2,000 kilograms were found in one container and the rest in another.
Quoting officials further, reports said the drugs were packed into the bottom third of the hundreds of bags inside these containers, with layers of talc placed above to throw off suspicion.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), which conducted the seizure, has so far arrested two people and carried out searches in Ahmedabad, Chennai and Delhi.
The arrested duo – Sudhakar and Vaishali – were picked up from Chennai and produced before a special court in Gujarat’s Kutch last week, where they were sent to the agency’s custody for 10 days.
The haul has triggered a row given Gujarat is the home state of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, with the Congress leaping to criticise the ruling BJP ahead of next year’s election.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi this evening, party leader Pawan Khera asked the BJP “can (you) tell us why Gujarat has become such a hotbed for drug smuggling?”