The Adani group released a statement on Friday about several containers that were seized by customs and Fiscal Intelligence Directorate (DRI) teams at Mundra airport yesterday, November 18, from a foreign vessel, fearing that ‘they “contain undeclared dangerous goods”. Said port is managed by Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZ), the port company of the conglomerate headed by Gautam Adani.
While the cargo was listed as non-hazardous, the seized containers bore Hazard Class 7 markings (which indicate radioactive substances). “Although the containers were not destined for Mundra Port or any other port in India, but were en route from Karachi in Pakistan to Shanghai in China, government authorities had them unloaded at Mundra Port for further inspection. thorough, ”the group added.
Earlier this week, Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd (APSEZ) said it would no longer process containerized cargo from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan at all of its terminals from November 15. The decision came nearly a month after the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin at Mundra Port in the Kutch district of Gujarat.
During the largest transport of heroin to India in September, authorities seized around 3,000 kg of drugs, believed to have originated in Afghanistan and probably worth Rs 21,000 crore on the world market, in two containers at the port of Mundra in Kutch district in Gujarat, officials said. had said. The Adani group had clarified that it was only the port operator and that it did not have the power to control shipments arriving at the port.
“The law empowers the relevant Indian government authorities such as Customs and DRI to open, examine and seize illegal cargo. No port operator across the country can examine a container. Their role is limited to managing the port, “the company said earlier.
Following the seizure, searches were carried out by the DRI in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chennai, Gandhidham and Mandvi in Gujarat, following which two people were arrested.
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