Cong hits out at Modi over heroin-laden ship seized by Australia

Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged the seizure has exposed the 'total laxity' of the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government on the issue of coastal security.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2014 1:49 am

The Congress on Sunday alleged that heroin worth Rs 1,600 crore seized by Australian maritime force off the Kenya coast last month originated from Gujarat and sought to punch holes in Narendra Modi’s claims of providing strong national security.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi alleged the seizure has exposed the “total laxity” of the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government on the issue of coastal security. “For Modi, national security is nothing but a stick for political gain… it is something to whip up jingoism and chest thumping,” he told reporters here, adding the recent incident has shown how “hollow” his claims are. He claimed that the ship was chartered to Jamnagar-based Haza Bhai Kathiriya last year, whose two brothers Haji Ajij Kungda and Haji Abdul Karim Kungda are BJP leaders. “Who is responsible for security lapse in permitting coastal Gujarat to be used for narcotics smuggling,” he said.

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