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In a 3,000-kg drug haul case, NIA arrests another Afghan national

In connection with the Mundra port drug haul case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested an Afghan national on Tuesday. Sobhan Aryanfar (28), the accused, is a resident of Neb Sarai in south Delhi.

“During the course of the investigation, Aryanfar was discovered to be involved in a conspiracy to transport narcotic drugs concealed in an import consignment of’semi-processed talc stones’ originating from Afghanistan,” the NIA said, adding that seven people had been arrested previously in the case.

On October 20, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) searched a godown in Neb Sarai and discovered “white-powder material.”

NIA arrests another Afghan national1
NIA arrests another Afghan national1

“A search was conducted at Neb Sarai in connection with M/s Aashi Trading Company’s seizure of narcotics substance imported in the guise of semi-processed talc stones.” “White-powder material, suspected to be talc mixed with narcotics, was seized during the search,” the NIA said.

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This is the case’s third search. On October 12, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches in Lajpat Nagar, Alipur, Khera Kalan, and Noida, including residential properties and godowns.

NIA has also used Section 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist acts) and Section 18 (punishment for conspiracy to commit terror acts) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in addition to sections of the IPC and the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act (UAPA).

On October 9, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches across the country.

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The case stems from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’s (DRI) seizure of 2,988.21kg of heroin at Gujarat’s Mundra port last month. The heroin was discovered in two containers labelled “semi-processed talc stones” that arrived from Afghanistan via Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port under the name Aashi Trading Company of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

On October 6, the case was transferred to the National Institute of Justice (NIA). Following an order from the Union Home Ministry, the agency said it had opened a case. Machavaram Sudhakaran, Durga PV Govindaraju, and Rajkumar P are among those named in the FIR.

The company that was shipping the contraband was owned by Sudhakaran and Govindaraju, a Chennai-based couple. Govindaraju is the owner of the Vijayawada-based company M/s Aashi Trading Company, which was importing talc from M/s Hasan Husain Ltd. Rajkumar, a Coimbatore native, was allegedly “coordinating with foreign suppliers” while working in Iran.

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