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Pakistani vessel trying to enter in Indian coast with Heroine worth Rs 600 crore



Indian Coast Guard, Al Madina, Narcotic, Heroin, Pakistan, Maritime

Gandhinagar: The Indian Coast Guard in-wee-hour on early Tuesday seized Pakistani vessel “Al Madina” carrying narcotic substance heroin worth Rs 600 crore, about eight nautical miles within Indian Ocean territory off the Jakhau coast after two days of non-stop search of nearly 200 nautical miles along International Maritime Boundary Line off Gujarat coast.

The Indian Coast Guard detained Pakistani vessel crew for interrogations after they received inputs from the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) about a Pakistani ship trying to enter Indian Territory.

Apart from this, Indian fishing vessel crews with 13 members were also arrested who were in surrounding area to receive smuggling of goods illegally and secretly coast line.

A day later, the maritime security agency received similar inputs from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence after which search operation was reinforced for action.


Indian Coast Guard, Al Madina, Narcotic, Heroin, Pakistan, Maritime


Joint teams of intelligence agencies will interrogate crew members.

The Coast Guard deployed fast patrol vessel Aranjay, two interceptor boats and an aircraft for scanning the sea.

Additional Director General of the Coast Guard VSR Murthy said, “The suspect boat did evasive maneuvers to avoid getting apprehended. However, they were apprehended despite the rough sea conditions.”

He further added, “On rummaging the boat, approximately 194 packets of suspicious substance suspected to be narcotics have been recovered which will be further verified by appropriate agencies through chemical analysis.”


Alert Indian Coast Guard seized Pakistani vessel with narcotic worth Rs 600 crore:

While crew in a situation when it was hard to escape, members threw bags containing the suspicious materials in water from the boat before they could be taken into custody, later ICG retrieved seven bags from the water.

During attacks in 2008, 26/11 Mumbai terrors attack terrorist used sea route to enter India.

This is second major success in an anti-narcotics operation on high seas by the Coast Guard in the past two months, during March when a joint operation with the Anti Terrorist Squad and ICG seized a large amount of heroine approximately 100 kg valued of Rs 300 crore from the coast of Gujarat as per the information given by the maritime agency.


Indian Coast Guard, Al Madina, Narcotic, Heroin, Pakistan, Maritime


Based on inputs from Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and other agencies a Pakistani fishing boat was in a plan to deliver a huge narcotics consignment to an Indian fishing vessel.

The Coast Guard was diverted ships to the location in the Arabian Sea off Jakhau in Kutch region of southwest Gujarat, bordering Pakistan.

Adding to this they continue to chase the ship and managed to arrest within Indian territorial waters despite encountering rough seas in the darkness.

Preliminary tests by the Coast Guard, through a drug testing kit, revealed heroin were packed in some 195 packets weighing around 200 kg.

Constant search for the Pakistani vessel in detail are under process and its crew being interrogated thoroughly for further investigations, details of which are awaited by the officials.



Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer




New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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