AHMEDABAD, India: In a bid to end drug smuggling, India's Adani Ports and Logistics, a subsidiary of the Adani Group, issued a trade advisory this week stating that the company will no longer handle container cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan beginning 15th November.
The advisory, which was announced to the company's customers by Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd. CEO Subrat Tripathy, came nearly a month after the seizure of 3,000 kilograms of heroin at Mundra Port, Kutch District, operated by the company. The drugs originated in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and were shipped to Mundra Port via Bandar Abbas Port in Iran.
The contraband, which was intercepted by the Indian Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on 11th September, was imported by a Chennai-based couple as semi-processed talc stones in two 40-feet containers.
On 21st September, the company issued a statement following social media outrage about the drug haul, in order to "put to rest the motivated, malicious and false propaganda being run on social media against the Adani Group."
The statement also "congratulated the DRI & Customs teams for seizing the illegal drugs and apprehending the accused," adding "On 16th September 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, Mundra Port."
On 26th September, the special court in Bhuj ordered DRI officials to investigate the role of "the authority and officers at the Mundra Adani Port."
On 6th October, the Ministry of Home Affairs transferred the case from the DRI to the National Investigation Agency.