Adani Ports Takes Big New Step After 20,000-Crore Gujarat Drug Haul

On September 13, the Adani Group's Mundra port in Gujarat recovered 3,000 kg of heroin from two containers.

Adani Ports Takes Big New Step After 20,000-Crore Gujarat Drug Haul
Adani Ports Takes Big New Step After 20,000-Crore Gujarat Drug Haul

Starting November 15, Adani Ports' terminals will not handle freight from Iran, Afghanistan, or Pakistan, according to the company. The decision was made in response to a large drug bust in Gujarat. "With effect from November 15th, APSEZ will not handle EXIM (Export-Import) containerized cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan, or Afghanistan," according to a statement from the group. Until further notice, this advice will apply to all APSEZ terminals, including third-party terminals, at any APSEZ port, according to the statement. 

On September 13, the Adani Group's Mundra port in Gujarat recovered 3,000 kg of heroin from two containers. The shipment originated in Afghanistan, which is one of the world's top opium producers. The heroin was hidden in gigantic sacks containing unprocessed talc powder, according to the police. To avoid detection, the drug was placed in the lowest layers of the bags and then topped with talc stones. According to sources, the seizure was worth over 20,000 crores and was made during a combined operation by the Customs department and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.

It also triggered a series of raids across the country in which eight persons, including Afghan and Uzbekistan nationals, were arrested. Following widespread condemnation on social media for the drugs haul, the Adani Group claimed it lacked the authority to police and inspect containers. 

The Adani Group issued a statement shortly after, saying: "A cargo cannot be examined by any port operator in the country. Their job description is simple: run the port... APSEZ is a port operator that works with shipping companies to provide services. We have no control over the containers or the millions of tonnes of cargo that flow through Mundra's or any of our ports' terminals." 

"We truly hope that this statement would put to rest the motivated, malicious, and misleading propaganda being spread on social media against the Adani Group," it added.