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Indian Navy Seizes Narcotics worth Rs 3000 Crore Indian Navy
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Indian Navy Seizes Narcotics worth Rs 3000 Crore

By South Asia Monitor/IBNS | @indiablooms | 19 Apr 2021, 11:02 pm

The Indian Navy has seized over 300 kilos of narcotics worth around Rs 3000 crore in the international market from a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea, an official release said on Monday.

Indian Naval Ship Suvarna, while on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, encountered a fishing vessel with suspicious movements. The narcotic substances were seized after the Navy crew conducted boarding and search operation, the Press Information Bureau release said.

The boat with its crew have been escorted to the nearest Indian Port of Kochi, Kerala for further investigation.

The approximate cost the catch in the international market is estimated to be Rs. 3000 Crore.

“This is a major catch not only in terms of the quantity and cost but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations,” the  release said.

Apart from the human costs from drug addiction, the spoils of narcotics trade feed syndicates involved in terrorism, radicalisation and criminal activities.