Adani Ports announced today that the terminals they operate will stop handling cargo from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan as of November 15. The move came after a massive drug delivery to Gujarat. "With effect from 15th November, APSEZ will not handle EXIM (Export-Import) containerised cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan," the group said in a statement. This notification applies to all terminals operated by APSEZ and including third party terminals at each APSEZ port until further notice, the statement said.
On September 13, about 3,000 kilograms of heroin were seized from two containers at the port of Mundra in Gujarat, which is operated by the Adani group. The shipment came from Afghanistan, one of the largest illegal opium producers.The heroine hid in huge bags of raw talcum powder. The drug was placed in the lower layers of the sachets and then covered with talcum stones to avoid detection.
The seizure - which was carried out as part of a joint action by the Directorate of Customs and Taxation - was estimated at around Rs 20 trillion, he said. It also resulted in a series of raids across the country in which eight people, including Afghan and Uzbek nationals, were arrested.After much criticism on social media over the drug seizure, the Adani group said it was not authorized to check and investigate the containers.
In a statement released shortly afterwards, the Adani group said: "No port operator across the country can examine a container. Their role is limited to running the port... APSEZ is a port operator providing services to shipping lines. We have no policing authority over the containers or the millions of tonnes of cargo that pass through the terminals in Mundra or any of our ports."
"We sincerely hope that this statement will put to rest the motivated, malicious and false propaganda being run on social media against the Adani Group," the statement had added.
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