Ernakulam: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Indian Navy are joining hands to recover the 3000 kg drugs and the goods boat that was drowned at sea by the Haji Salim network. The investigation officers had received information that the sunken boat contained 3000 kg drugs. The first attempt to retrieve the boat was not successful.
Last week the NCB and the Navy had captured a boat off the Kochi coast and loaded with 2,525 kg worth of drugs priced at Rs.25,000 crores. A Pakistani national, Subair, was arrested in the case. It is believed another boat was sunk which had 3000 kg worth of drugs.
It is important for the prosecution proceedings to recover the sunken boat. If it is not possible to retrieve the boat, then the investigation team will have to give an affidavit, along with the charge sheet, on how much nautical mile far out the boat was.
According to the law, when drugs are taken into custody it is mandatory to have the presence of a gazetted officer from outside the agency. However, when the Navy raided and seized the drugs at sea, there was no presence of the gazetted officer. Therefore, the confession statement of Subai becomes very vital.
It is important to question Subair further. The NCB had submitted a plea, yesterday, before the Ernakulam Principal Session Court to get Subair in custody. The agency has requested custody for five days. He will be presented in court on Monday.