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Heroin haul: Uttar Pradesh’s Vishal key to links behind racket

Agencies believe that this Mumbai-based-Bijnor-born sailor holds crucial information about people he intended to sell off the contraband in India. Vishal hails from Chandpur area of Bijnor district in western Uttar Pradesh.

lucknow Updated: Aug 05, 2017 13:32 IST
Haidar Naqvi
The focus is entirely on the background of Vishal and his contacts in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh.
The focus is entirely on the background of Vishal and his contacts in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)

The investigations into the 1,500 kg heroin haul off the Gujarat coast on July 29 hinges on the sailor from Uttar Pradesh, Vishal Yadav.

Agencies believe that this Mumbai-based-Bijnor-born sailor holds crucial information about people he intended to sell off the contraband in India.

Vishal hails from Chandpur area of Bijnor district in western Uttar Pradesh.

As he becomes a central figure in the investigation, the focus is entirely on the background of Vishal and his contacts in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh, said the sources working on the case.

Teams are likely to visit his native place for a better understanding of his past and his activities, said sources.

UP Anti-Terror Squad (UPATS) and Special Task Force (STF) were likely to help the probe teams in finding out details about his background and contacts.

Vishal, it has emerged, had coaxed captain Supreet Tiwary of vessel — Hennry (Prine-II) — carrying the heroin, worth Rs 3,500 crore to change course and head to Mumbai. The ship was on its way to Eygpt where the contraband was to be delivered as per the directions of Syed Al Morani, a Dubai-based businessman of Iranian origin.

Morani had promised Tiwary Rs 5 crore for the successful delivery but Vishal had reportedly offered Rs 50 crore if he navigates the heroin to Mumbai.

Vishal spoke to Tiwary on satellite phone mid-seas and told him that the heroin would be sold locally for Rs 150 crore. He promised him to give him one-third of it, which would be ten times more to what he would make with the trip to Eygpt.

Tiwary brought in his brother Surjeet Tiwary, an engineering graduate, to collect the money in Mumbai. On the way to Mumbai, Tiwary found the ship running on low fuel. It was then decided that the ship would head to Alang where it would be broke down and drug would be secretly transported to Mumbai.

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Vishal helped Tiwary in building a contact with a ship-breaking agent through his accomplice Irfan Sheikh who finalised the deal for Rs 15 lakh, said the sources. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) intercepted the ship in Gulf of Khambhat on inputs from the intelligence.

The Narcotics Control Bureau, which has taken over the investigation, is working to unravel the Vishal’s supply line within India and the people running it.

“This haul is the biggest perhaps in the entire South Asia; Vishal couldn’t have had handled the sale of contraband of this magnitude; it is essential to find out people he has worked or working with,” said the source.