According to the investigating agencies probing the recent capture of a massive haul of heroin off the Gujarat coast, they have found a Pakistan connection in the case, as the primary investigation suggests that the ship MV Hennry was loaded from Pakistan before sailing towards India. Indian coast guard captured the ship laden with 1,500 kg of heroin off the Gujarat coast on July 30.
While speaking on the recent findings, a senior official from the joint investigation team said that they have interrogated the crewmembers and the captain of the Panama-registered merchant vessel and came to know that it was anchored in Pakistan before heading to India.
The official also said that they are suspecting that the cargo was loaded at the Gwadar port of Balochistan. However, he added that the investigating team is not sure if the cargo was loaded by any official agency. The vessel is owned by Dubai-based Syed Ali Manari and it was sailed from Iran and headed towards Gujarat for dismantling.
Investigating officials summoned Suprit Tiwari, the captain of the vessel for interrogation, where he failed to furnish the registration paper. The entire crew was jointly investigated by ICG, Navy, Customs, Police, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Intelligence Bureau.
Following the joint investigation, the agencies found links between the ship owners and some agencies in Pakistan, as the vessel visits Pakistan frequently. An official from ICG said that based on an intelligent tip provided by the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) on July 27th, they came to know about the presence of an Iranian ship named Prince-II floating around 210 nautical miles off the Porbandar port in Gujarat.