Nine Iranian drug smugglers have been arrested off
Gujarat’s Porbandar coast in a joint operation by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist
Squad, Marine Task Force and Indian Coast Guard. 100 kg heroin worth Rs 500
crore has been seized.
The smugglers had picked up the consignment of
drugs from Gwadar port in Pakistan. The consignment was owned by a Pakistani
drug mafia Hamid Malek. The Gwadar Port is a deep-sea port situated on the
Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Balochistan province of Pakistan.
The Indian Coast Guard is a multi-mission
organization entrusted with superintendence and policing of India’s maritime areas
including the Exclusive Economic Zone. The Indian Coast Guard was established in
1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of as an independent armed force of India. The
organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG).
Marine Task Force was set up by the Gujarat
government to enhance security and surveillance along its coast. DIG-rank officer
designated as Marine Task Force commander heads the Task force.