CHENNAI: Indian ministry of defense reported, Million Dollar’s Ship-breaking industries in India have a major claim of Dawood Ibrahim and his allies.
The report also allegedly informs about Pakistan national’s involvement and stake with the D-company’s ship-breaking industry in the country, investing millions of rupees in the environmentally hazardous industry based in Alang, Gujarat.
According to Indian Intelligence sources, Dawood’s aides from Pakistan determine the deal by paying in hard cash with the secret understanding of corrupt local officials.
An inter-ministerial committee was briefed by Indian intelligence agencies back in February 2012 that Dawood’s aides in the ship-breaking industry are a budding security concern, according to directorate of naval intelligence.
Contraband, Arms and other explosives with assistance of foreign allies along with D-company men, are being smuggled during their ship breaking operations. The report also claims that the operations are being funded by money laundering. Many end-of-life vessels that arrive at the ship breaking yards in Gujarat simply disappear from anchorage after a short while.
Officials said the current system, which allows a free passage to ships carrying dismantling permits, has allowed entry to criminals.
“The system has to be regulated and every vessel should be thoroughly checked by the navy,” said a senior naval officer. “Ministry of Defence clearances have to be made mandatory for the entry of vessels for dismantling in India.”
“People from the underworld have a large stake in Alang ship-breaking deals,” the officer said. Currently, ships destined to Alang are abetted to anchor anywhere for emergency repairs.
“Apart from smuggling and activities that put national security at risk, many foreign-flagged vessels come to Alang and leave with forged registrations. Many such vessels have origins in safe havens for smuggling in the Persian Gulf and off the African coast,” said Veeresh Mallik, Shipping and marine security expert.
According to Mallick, the ship-breaking industry is mostly funded by black money.
A researcher on ship-breaking industry in India, Gopal Krishna claims,”At least 120 vessels are now berthed in Alang,” according to Krishna almost 6,000 vessels have been dispatched to India for dismantling over the past two decades.
The shipping ministry has warned states of serious action if they fail to keep a tab on the entry of toxic, end-of-life ships for dismantling.