In a joint operation in mid-sea, the Indian Coast Guard and Gujarat’s Anti- Terrorist Squad (ATS) apprehended eight Pakistani nationals on board a boat with heroin worth about ₹150 crore off the Gujarat coast on Thursday morning.

A joint team of the Gujarat ATS and the Indian Coast Guard captured the boat near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the Arabian Sea.

“We acted on a tip-off regarding a drug consignment likely to be delivered mid-sea by a boat from Pakistan. In a joint exercise with Coast Guard, we zeroed in on the suspected boat as soon as it entered the Indian territorial waters,” said ATS DIG Himanshu Shukla.

He added that eight Pakistani nationals were apprehended and 30 kg of heroin was seized from them. The market value of the seized drug is around ₹150 crore in the international market.

“The ICG in a joint operation with ATS Gujarat apprehended Pakistani boat PFB (Pakistani Fishing Boat) NUH with 08 Pak nationals & 30 Kg of heroin off Jakhau #Gujarat close to IMBL in Indian waters today,” the ICG posted on Twitter.

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