“The premises of the accused/suspects were searched at Chennai, Coimbatore, Vijayawada… During the search, various incriminating documents, articles and other articles were seized,” the NIA said in a statement.
The case pertains to the seizure of 2,988.21 kg heroin by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Mundra port in Gujarat on September 16. The case was transferred to the NIA on October 6.
The heroin was found in two containers, declared to be carrying “semi-processed talc stones”, which landed at Mundra port. These containers came from Afghanistan through Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port.
The NIA said that it has registered a case in the matter following an order of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Apart from sections of the IPC and the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, the NIA also invoked sections 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist acts) and 18 (punishment for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts) of unlawful activities. is of. Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga PV Govindaraju and Rajkumar P, among others, have been named as accused in the NIA FIR. “After the registration of the case, necessary action as per law has been initiated for speedy investigation of the matter,” the NIA said in a statement.
Sudhakaran and Govindaraju, a couple based in chennai, is the owner of the company that was shipping Contraband. Govindaraju is the proprietor of the firm, M/s Aashi Trading Company, which is registered in Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada, which was importing talc from a company named M/s Hasan Hussain Limited. Rajkumar, from Coimbatore, worked in Iran and was reportedly “coordinating with foreign suppliers”.
According to a release issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), so far nine people, including four Afghans and one Uzbek national, have been arrested in the case. All the arrests have been made by the DRI. The Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate are also probing the matter.
Last month, a special NDPS court in Gujarat had directed the DRI to investigate whether the import of the consignment “has any benefit to the Mundra Adani Port, its management and its authority”.