Mundra: Days after seizure of nearly 3,000 kg of heroin from shipping containers at the Mundra port, Adani Group issued a statement clarifying that it had no policing authority over containers or cargo passing through the port.
The Mundra port is run by Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZ), which is part of Gautam Adani-helmed Adani Group.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence had intercepted two containers that had arrived at Mundra port and were headed to Vijaywada. Upon checking, they were found to contain a total of 2,988.21 kg of heroin, declared as talcum powder.
In its statement, Adani Group wrote, “On 16 Sep 2021, a joint operation by the DRI and Customs unearthed a large cache of contraband heroin from two containers from Afghanistan that had arrived at the Mundra International Container Terminal (MICT), Mundra Port. We thank and congratulate the DRI & Customs teams for seizing the illegal drugs and apprehending the accused.”
The statement further read, “The law empowers the Government of India’s competent authorities such as the Customs and the DRI to open, examine and seize unlawful cargo. No port operator across the country can examine a container. Their role is limited to running the port.”
The group added that the statement was issued to put to rest the “motivated, malicious and false propaganda” being run on social media against the Adani Group.
“APSEZ is a port operator providing services to shipping lines. We have no policing authority over the containers of the millions of tonnes of cargo that pass through the terminals in Mundra or any of our ports,” the group added in its media statement.
The drug haul is said to be the biggest in the country so far.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera raised questions regarding why such a huge cache of drugs was found from a private port in a state to which the country’s Prime Minister and Home Minister belong.
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