The Indian Coast Guard on Monday seized heroin worth Rs 3,500 cr from a Panama-registered vessel off the Gujarat coast. The preliminary investigation indicated that the captain and crew diverted the Panama-registered vessel – named Henry – to India to sell the heroin in order to ‘make quick money’. The vessel was initially supposed to be taken to the Egyptian coast. As per a report by Indian Express, Captain Suprit Tiwari of Henry said he and the other seven crew members decided to sail to India instead to sell the contraband since the captain and crew member of the vessel were unhappy with the reward they would have received to ship the consignment to Egypt.
Tiwari, 27, who is from Chhapra, Bihar and settled in Kolkata, was interrogated by officers from different security agencies, Gujarat ATS and Porbandar police on Monday. During the interrogation, he said that he had an idea about the contraband but was not offered a good reward. As per the source, Tiwari had not been paid his salary by his Iranian employer and therefore he came to India with the vessel to sell the heroin to make quick money. The case, for now, has been handed over to the Narcotics Control Bureau for a detailed probe, as per the reports.
A source was quoted by Indian Express as saying that to sell the contraband, Tiwari was in touch with two Mumbai-based persons, Subhash Yadav and Irfan Shaikh. Yadav assured him that the consignment would easily fetch Rs 500 crore. A deal was struck between them, after which the crew diverted the ship to India. They were using satellite phones and the conversation was picked up by security agencies which alerted the Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the Gujarat ATS has also detained Yadav and Shaikh and took them to Ahmedabad.