The Police detained a ship loaded with 551 metric tones of arms and ammunition anchored in Hoogly river near Diamond Harbour on Friday. According to the police, the ship 152.3 Meter long Agean Glory registered at Liberia came from Bangladesh’s Chittagong and going to Karachi.
In 1995, a plane air dropped sophisticated arms and ammunition over Purulia and disappeared. The plane was later forced to land at Mumbai’s Sahar air port from where the mastermind of the arms drop Kim Peter Davy escaped.
The ship did not make any declaration about the arms and ammunition in the Import General Manifest (IGM). The ship was coming to Kolkata Port. After reaching sand head, the Captain of the ship informed the Kolkata Port Trust authorities through radio that they are going to Kolkata port to off load some items mentioned in the manifest. The captain also mentioned that the ship had additional cargo weighing about 551 metric tones meant for Karachi. But the captain did not disclose the nature of the consignment.
The port informed the customs authorities about the ship. The customs authorities became suspicious when they found that the IGM was blank. They informed the police and Cost Guard about the incident. The cost guard stopped the ship at Diamond Harbour on Friday afternoon at around 2.30 PM.
The police, Cost Guard and customs searched the ships when they found the mysterious containers inside the ship. After opening those containers the police and the Cost Guard found huge amount of arms and ammunition including anti-air craft launcher, smoke bomb and other explosives.
The crew during search had informed the security agencies that these consignment was meant for Pakistani Defense and suppose to off load at Karachi port. “The search and interrogation is on. We will be able to get the clear picture tomorrow morning after the search and interrogation were over”, said Kolkata Port Trust Director, Ajay Ranade.