Gujarat: Anti-Terrorist Squad nabs man wanted in seizure of drugs worth Rs2,500 cr

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested a man allegedly involved in smuggling 530 kg of heroin worth around Rs 2,500 crore into the country via sea route from Pakistan.

Shahid Kasam Sumra (35), a resident of Mandvi in Kutch district, was also allegedly involved in ''narco-terrorism'', as he funded terror activities with the money acquired from the illegal drug trade, they said. The accused was nabbed by a team of Anti-Terrorist Squad as soon as he landed at the airport in the national capital from abroad, the ATS said in a release.

Four cases were lodged against him between 2018 and 2021 in Gujarat and Punjab, following the seizure of 530 kg of heroin worth around Rs 2,500 crore during that period from different parts of the two states.  A probe later revealed that Sumra and other accused had smuggled a total of 500 kg of heroin worth over Rs 2,300 crore from Pakistan through sea route and unloaded the consignment on Gujarat's Mandvi coast in August 2018.

In April this year, the ATS and the Indian Coast Guard intercepted a boat near the Gujarat coast and apprehended eight Pakistani nationals with 30 kg of heroin worth around Rs 150 crore.


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