Coast Guard with DRI seizes 32.689 Kgs of Gold worth Rs. 20.2 Crores.मछली पकड़ने वाली नौकाओं से लगभग 32.689 किलोग्राम सोना जब्त

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डीआरआई और सीमा शुल्क के साथ भारतीय तट रक्षक द्वारा शुरू किए गए एक संयुक्त अभियान के परिणामस्वरूप तमिलनाडु में मन्नार क्षेत्र की खाड़ी में दो मछली पकड़ने वाली नौकाओं से लगभग 32.689 किलोग्राम सोना जब्त किया गयाजिसकी अनुमानित कीमत 20.2 करोड़ रुपये है। यह खेप श्रीलंका से भारत में तस्करी कर लाई जा रही थी। श्रीलंका से भारत में मादक पदार्थों की अवैध तस्करी के संबंध में डीआरआई के विशिष्ट इनपुट के आधार पर, भारतीय तट रक्षक और डीआरआई द्वारा 30 मई 23 को एक संयुक्त अभियान शुरू किया गया था। दोनों एजेंसियों द्वारा तैनात संयुक्त टीमों ने खाड़ी में चल रहे मछली पकड़ने के जहाजों पर कड़ी निगरानी रखी। मन्नार का, विशेष रूप से भारत-श्रीलंका अंतर्राष्ट्रीय समुद्री सीमा रेखा (IMBL) के पास।

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Mandapam- 01 Jun.  A joint operation launched by Indian Coast Guard with DRI and customs resulted in the seizure of 32.689 Kgs of Gold valued at approx. Rs 20.2 Crores, from two fishing boats at the Gulf of Mannar area in Tamil Nadu. The consignment was being smuggled into India from Srilanka.

Based on specific input from DRI regarding the illegal smuggling of contraband from Srilanka to India, a joint operation was launched by Indian Coast Guard and DRI on 30 May 23. The joint teams deployed by both agencies kept close surveillance on fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Mannar, especially near Indo-Srilanka International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL).


On the morning of 30 May 23, the joint team from Indian Coast Guard and DRI detected a suspicious boat approaching Mandapam fishing harbour. When challenged, the boat tried to evade apprehension but was finally apprehended in the northern Gulf of Mannar. While being chased, the suspects threw the consignment into the water prior to interception. The boat along with 03 suspects were apprehended and taken into custody for investigation. Simultaneously, a major diving operation was launched by Indian Coast Guard to search for the illegal gold dumped at sea.


Meanwhile, a separate team from DRI apprehended a second suspicious boat off Vadalai village south of Mandapam. The boat had about 21. 269 Kgs of smuggled Gold, which was seized by DRI along with two suspects who were taken into custody.


After relentless diving operation off the coast of Mandapam for two days, the ICG diving team in coordination with local divers successfully recovered the gold consignment from the sea bed in the morning of 01 Jun 23. This consignment was found to carry gold bars weighing 11.600kg.


The joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and DRI resulted in a total seizure of about 32.869 kg of illegal Gold valued at approx. Rs.20.20 Crores. The seized contraband and suspects are in the custody of DRI for further legal action.


The Indian Coast Guard remains steadfast in its resolve to ensure the Indian coast remains Safe and secure at all times.


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