Seventeen officers from the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and three officers from other departments will receive the ‘Home Minister Special Operation Medal’ for an operation in which 246 kg of heroin and 55 kg of other chemicals worth around Rs 1,230 crore were seized last year.
The Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Tuesday said that those to be honoured are Gujarat ATS’ Deputy Inspector General of Police Deepan Bhadran, three deputy superintendents of police, one superintendent of police, five inspectors and seven sub-inspectors. The three others are two officers from the Delhi Special Cell and one from the Ahmedabad Special Operations Group (SOG).
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The ATS had received a tip-off that Pakistani man Mustufa Ayub Miyana was going to send a consignment of heroin from Karachi port through his accomplices in a fishing boat called Al-Hajj to smuggle the contraband into India through the coastal region off Jakhau. The fishing boat would enter into Indian sea waters on April 24, 2022, carrying heroin.
The ATS had collaborated with the Coast Guard and apprehended the boat carrying nine Pakistani nationals and recovered 56 kg of heroin. Following this, the ATS and the Narcotics Control Bureau conducted a joint operation to apprehend four individuals, including those who were to receive the consignment in India, and recovered around 35 kg of drugs.
During probe, it came to light that more drugs had been stored at the residential premises of the sister of an accused in Muzaffarnagar. The ATS, assisted by the Delhi Special Cell, the Ahmedabad SOG and the Muzaffarnagar police, raided the premises and recovered 155 kg of heroin and 55 kg of other chemicals used in the manufacturing of narcotics.