“Searches were conducted in Chennai, Coimbatore, Vijaywada at premises of accused /suspects involved in import of semi processed talc stones with contraband. During searches, various incriminating documents, articles and other items have been seized,” NIA stated in a press release.
The case is said to the seizure of two,988.21 kg of heroin on the Mundra Port by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on September 16. The case was transferred to NIA on October 6.
The heroin was present in two containers declared as containing “semi-processed talc stones” that landed from Afghanistan through Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port, within the identify of Aashi Trading Company of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
The NIA stated it registered a case whereby apart from sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, Section 17 (punishment for elevating funds for terrorist act) and Section 18 (punishment for conspiracy to commit terror acts) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act have been additionally invoked.
The NIA FIR named Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga P V Govindaraju and Rajkumar P as accused, amongst others.
Sudhakaran and Govindaraju, a Chennai-based couple, personal the corporate which was allegedly delivery the contraband. Rajkumar, from Coimbatore, labored in Iran and was allegedly “coordinating with foreign suppliers”.
The DRI has arrested 9 individuals within the case to date, together with 4 Afghans and an Uzbek nationwide, in keeping with a Press Information Bureau launch. The Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate are additionally probing the case.
Last month, a particular court docket for NDPS in Gujarat directed the DRI to analyze if the “Mundra Adani Port, its management and its authority gained any benefits” from the import of the consignment.