A total of Rs 21,000 crore worth of drugs has been seized from Mundra port
Handles 17 non-major port cargo
Containers are exported from the south or east
More than 60 percent of the traffic on 12 major ports alone
News Inside/ Bureau: 23rd September 2021
There is talk that 30,000 kg of drugs worth Rs 21,000 crore seized from Mundra port was supposed to land in Gujarat, but official sources have made it clear that Gujarat’s coastline is becoming a transit point for global drug smuggling. As the country’s agencies and Gujarat ATS are vigilant about this matter, drugs worth Rs 30,000 crore have been seized in the last five years alone. The drug mafia has set up a planned network to smuggle drugs along with other goods in containers at Gujarat ports. This quantity reaches the other corner of the country through transport from the port of Gujarat and from there it is exported to other countries of the world. Experts believe that not one or two ports in the state but any of the 42 ports can be used. So far, Rs 21,000 crore worth of drugs has been seized from Mundra port. There is talk of this amount being for Gujarat, Delhi or Mumbai, or any other state in the country. Official sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was certain that the drugs were going to other states in the country. But it cannot be said for sure that these drugs were to be used in Gujarat or any other state of the country. Because drug mafias have been using Gujarat’s ports as transit points. 90% of drugs are produced in Afghanistan. Since Afghanistan has no seas, drugs are sold and smuggled from ports and firms in Arabian countries, including Iran. Whether it is the drugs seized from Mundra of Gujarat recently or the quantity of drugs seized from Porbandar, all these quantities came to Gujarat but were not to be consumed. Official sources say that the international drug mafia is using Gujarat as a transit point. In particular, there are 17 non-major ports out of 42 ports located on the 1600 km coastline of Gujarat that handles cargo. At such ports, heroin or other drugs along with any other goods from the Arabian country are unloaded in containers at the port of Gujarat. In transport from Gujarat, these containers go to a port in the southern or eastern port area of the country. These containers are exported from the south or east area. Containers are shipped as if the goods were exported from India and thus the quantity of drugs is delivered to that country. Trade through exports and imports is increasing at the ports of Gujarat and it is not possible to do in-depth checking of all containers. Taking advantage of this, Gujarat is being used as a transit point for drug smuggling. The Gujarat ATS has been on high alert for drug trafficking for the last three years. After this, agencies including Coast Guard and Navy have started coordinating operations with ATS. Now, agencies like DRI and Customs have also become active. India has a coastline of 7500 km and 200 major-non-major ports. Of these, 12 major ports alone account for more than 60 percent of the traffic. If the agencies of Gujarat and the country take joint action, a new chapter can be charted for the world to get rid of the scourge of drugs.