The story so far. On September 16, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized a gargantuan consignment of three tonnes of refined heroin from an Ahmedabad warehouse. This is the biggest catch ever in the documented history of opiate smuggling and left drug enforcement agencies searching for many answers to a plethora of questions. Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s views expressed in his weekly column that this large consignment to India could not have come to Mundra Port without the involvement of people in high places suggests the enormity of the crime or should we call it a scandal. 

A lower court in Bhuj, Gujarat, has asked some pointed questions from the DRI. They follow an interesting trajectory and have disturbing implications for the port owners, too: How will the Mundra Adani Port benefit from the consignment landing there? How did such a big heroin haul land at the Adani-owned Mundra Port when the final destination was Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh? Were the systems of Mundra Port lax that encouraged the opium smugglers to direct their precious booty to this western Gujarat port? 

Interestingly, this container ostensibly carrying talcum rocks left Afghanistan much before Kabul fell to the Taliban on August 15? The big question remains: who in India had the financial depth to pay off millions of dollars or thereabouts to the suppliers of this high-quality three-tonnes of heroin? Usually, drug seizures by enforcement agencies are a fraction of the…

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