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ICG seizes three Sri Lankan fishing boats for carrying narcotics near Lakshadweep

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship ‘Varaha’ has seized three Sri Lankan fishing boats for carrying narcotics onboard. According to a statement issued by the Defence spokesperson, the boats were sighted by the ICGS in the Indian Territory water at around 9 am on March 5, while patrolling near Lakshadweep islands.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the boats were using unauthorised communication equipment and were carrying narcotics onboard. It said the boats have been identified as Akarsha Duwa, Chathu Rani 3 and Chathu Rani 8. Akarsha Duwa and Chathu Rani 3 had six crew members each onboard, while Chathu Rani 8 had seven crew members onboard.

The boats were brought to Vizhinjam harbour for rummaging and detailed joint interrogation by all security agencies concerned. The crew of Akarsha Duwa confessed that they had received around 200 kg heroin and 60 kg hashish from a Pakistani boat, 400 Nautical Miles west of Lakshadweep islands.

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