Press Esc to close
Tuesday 31 May 2016
News updated at 9:24 PM IST
Weather
Max: 31.2°C
Min : 21.7°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Vessel with satellite phone, smuggled goods seized; 5 detained

Mumbai, Apr 4, 2013 (PTI)

A vessel allegedly smuggling cigarettes and some other items from Dubai and carrying a banned satellite phone was intercepted off the city coast, and five Indians on board were taken into custody, Coast Guard and police officials said today.

Those detained were identified as Ahmed Aadam Paleja (45), Iqbal Hasan Umi (41), Yakub Abubakar Thakra (43), Abdul Razzak Usmar Mandwani (32) and Yunus Aasam Bolim (30) -- all hailing from Bhuj in Gujarat, police said.

The Coast Guard yesterday intercepted calls allegedly made through the Thuraya satellite phone on board 'MSV Yusufi' which came from Dubai on Tuesday, they said.

Thuraya is a mobile satellite services phone company based in the UAE. Its sat phones were banned in India in 2010 over concerns that they could be misused by terrorists.

The officials intercepted the dhow five nautical miles off Mumbai coast late last night and when they searched it they found imported cigarettes kept in cartons, 26 live goats, mobile phone accessories and television sets on board.

The crew was reportedly in touch with a person, identified as Usman, in Dubai, for whom these goods were being brought to Mumbai by the vessel, the Coast Guard claimed.

However, the consignment was to be delivered in Sri Lanka, Yellow Gate police said after interrogation of the five on board.

"According to the crew, the engine of the dhow, registered at Kutch, Gujarat, failed following which it drifted towards Mumbai," said an officer.

After spotting Coast Guard ships moving towards them, the crew members panicked and threw the Thuraya phone in the waters, police said, adding the dhow has been seized and five were detained and subjected to questioning.

Narcotics Control Bureau officials have also joined the probe but it was not yet clear if the cigarettes contained any drugs.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Restoration work in progress after an empty coach derailed off a slow track between Lower Parel...

Restoration work in progress after an empty coach derailed off a slow track between Lower Parel...

People dressed up as famous personalities taking part in the 'Carnival rally' to mark World No...

People dressed up as famous personalities taking part in the 'Carnival rally' to mark World No...

Police personal pay a final tribute to mortal remains of De Javaregowda, at Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka..

Police personal pay a final tribute to mortal remains of De Javaregowda, at Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka..

Couples embrace along the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India ...

Couples embrace along the shores of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India ...

Children wear masks during an awareness campaign on 'World No Tobacco' day in Kolkata...

Children wear masks during an awareness campaign on 'World No Tobacco' day in Kolkata...

A view of Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru on Tuesday...

A view of Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru on Tuesday...

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi performs at the CEAT Cricket Rating awards night in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi performs at the CEAT Cricket Rating awards night in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez with Malaika Arora Khan on the sets of a TV show...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez with Malaika Arora Khan on the sets of a TV show...

HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addresses a Youth Congress rally in Mandi ...

HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addresses a Youth Congress rally in Mandi ...

Stranded passengers facing a harrowing time due to 'rail roko' protest by the activists of Hills ...

Stranded passengers facing a harrowing time due to 'rail roko' protest by the activists of Hills ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523