Who is pushing Indian youth to be drug addicts?

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/23/2021 1:23:48 AM

KT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, Sep 22: The Congress expressed shock over the drugs being smuggled into India through the Adani Mudra Port in Gujarat, with the latest seizure of 3,000 kg of drugs worth Rs 21,000 crore.

Its chief spokesman and general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Modi should disclose who all are behind the conspiracy to make the Indian youth drug addicts.

Nothing that these drugs had been sent by Taliban from Afghanistan, he wondered the drugs worth thousands of crores should have got into the country through this private port.

Congress spokesman Pawan Khera told a press conference on Tuesday that the seizure of 3,000 kg of heroin from Mundra port owned by the Adani group, is among the largets illegal drug hauls in the world. He wondered what was the government and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) doing all this while.

He pointed out that the post of a full-time director general is lying vacant for 18 months. He said when the Centre thinks not significant to appoint a full-time chief of NCB for such a long period, such smuggling of the drugs is inevitable.

In fact, over the last few years, th Gujarat coast has become a favourite route for smuggling narcotic drugs into India frm Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Giving a chronology of events in the recent past, Khera said:

-- July 2017, an Indian Coast Guard vessel seized some 1500 kg of heroin worth Rs 3500 crore from a merchant vessel off the coast of Gujarat;

-- January 2020, five Pakistani nationals on a fishing boat were apprehended mid-sea off the cost of Gujarat while attempting to smuggle drugs worth Rs 175 in India;

-- April 2021, eight Pakistani nationals onboard boat were caught with heroin worth Rs 150 crore off the cost of Gujarat;

-- September 17, 2021, Three tones of heroin was seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) during an operation where two containers were seized at the Mundra Port, privately owned by the Adani group in Bhuj, Gujarat.

-- September 18, 2021, The Indian Coast Guard and the anti-terrorist squad of Gujarat Police in a joint operation on an Iranian boat found 30 kg heroin worth more than Rs 150 crore off the coast of Gujarat.

Khera said all this raises many questions to be answered, including why the Gujarat coast became the most preferred route to smuggle in drugs, are these revelations just a tip of the incebert as an instance of 10 consignments being let go and one caught to sjow tha the agencies are working, how is a drug syndicate operating in India under the noses of the Centre, Gujarat Government nd the NCB, and who are these operators, importers and syndicates running the procurement and distribution network of the drugs in this country.

Does the government not care about the wellbeing and future of the youth of India, asked Khera, wondering what has the government done to thwart Gujarat becoming the favourite route for the drug smugglers.

In view of disturbing developments in Afghanistan, What is the Government’s strategy to deal with the smuggling of drugs, counterfeit currency and illegal weapons into India, Khera further asked.
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