Adani Ports to stop handling cargo from Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, after Mundra drug haul

After the huge drugs haul in Gujarat, India’s largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone on Monday announced that its terminals will not handle cargo from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan starting November 15.

 “With effect from 15th November, APSEZ will not handle EXIM (Export-Import) containerized cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This advisory will apply to all terminals operated by APSEZ and including third party terminals at any APSEZ port till further notice. ” the group said in a statement.

Earlier last month, 3,000 kilograms of heroin worth ₹ 20,000 crore was seized from two containers at Gujarat’s Mundra Port, operated by Adani Group.

The consignment that came from Afghanistan, had heroin concealed in jumbo bags and was said to contain unprocessed talc powder.

To avoid detection, the drugs were placed in the lower layers of the bags and then topped with talc stones.

On the seizure, the Adani Group said “No port operator across the country can examine a container. Their role is limited to running the port… APSEZ is a port operator providing services to shipping lines. We have no policing authority over the containers or the millions of tonnes of cargo that pass through the terminals in Mundra or any of our ports.”  

“We sincerely hope that this statement will put to rest the motivated, malicious and false propaganda being run on social media against the Adani Group,” the statement had added.

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