The pin-drop silence of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is in question after seizure of 3,000 kilogram of heroin worth Rs 210 billion ($3 billion) at the Mundra Port in Gujarat, operated by his friend and financier Gautam Adani.
In the biggest-ever single drug haul in India, the heroin was shipped via two containers from Afghanistan to the port operated by the Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, according to the Hindustan Times.
Gautam Adani, who hails from the Modi’s constituency Gujarat, owns nearly one-fourth of the cargo movement in the country and manages 13 domestic ports in seven maritime states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
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Also, the information regarding the twenty-five percent share of Narendra Modi in the port raised many eyebrows, with fingers pointed at him for promoting drug smuggling in the country.
Why is the BJP IT cell so silent about the 21 thousand crore Worth Drugs seized at Gujarat’s Mundra port? 🤔
— Sakshi Joshi (@sakshijoshii) September 22, 2021
The topic dominated social media conversations as politicians, civil society and journalists targeted Adani Group and the Modi government over the confiscation of heroin from the Mundra port.
Prime Minister should resign immediately as drugs heroine worth Rs21000/-cr is seized from the private port of his best friend Gautam Adani 's Mundra port in BJP ruled Gujarat State.Adani as all knows was chief financier of Modi in 2014 elections.@INCIndia @priyankagandhi
— Sunil Ahire (@SunilAh64145529) September 21, 2021
The Congress attacked the Centre asking how such a drug syndicate was operating in India “under the nose of the government” as well as the Narcotics Control Bureau.
“Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, who are from Gujarat, unable to break this drug syndicate,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a press conference.
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He said smuggling of drugs into India had increased substantially in the last few years.
“This will not only destroy the future of the youth of India, but it is the potential funding route for the terrorist organisations globally,” he said.
In Modi’s India,
59 gms of Weed > 3000 kgs of Heroin
Govt used ED/CBI/NCB & leaked WhatsApp chats of Bolly Actresses
But even after World’s Biggest Heroin Seizure at Adani’s Mundra Port, there is pin-drop silence
Modi went after Rhea when Pablo Escobars are booming in India
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 21, 2021
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy offered to file a Public Interest Litigation after the capture of heroin, which according to the experts of Gandhi Nagar Central Forensic Science Laboratory, was found to be of “very high quality”.
Leader of Telugu Desam Party, Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar at a presser said it was a “shame” for India to emerging as the epicentre of the contraband mafia.
“How is it possible for the international drug and uranium mafia to operate in Andhra Pradesh (Indian State) without the support of the government and top police officers,” he asked.
3000 kg heroin worth Rs 21000 cr seized in Gujarat’s Mundra port. This is the largest haul caught so far, yet PM Modi & the BJP are silent. The Mundra post is operated by Adani. Is this the reason behind PM Modi's pin drop silence! Privately operated ports need greater scrutiny.
— Dr. Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) September 22, 2021
The Adani Group in a clarification said it was only a port operator and did not have the authority to check shipments arriving at the port.