IMPHAL: In a major victory for war on drugs, a team of Special Cell/Northern Range has arrested two key players/carriers of an international drug cartel from Manipur in Delhi with 10 kg of high grade heroin worth over Rs. 40 crore in the international market.
The two have been identified as Md. Ikbal Khan (28), son of Md. Baseruddin of Kwanta under Moirang Police Station in Bishnupur District and Md. Ishak (27), son of Abdul Gaffer of Hangamthabi under Lilong Police Station in Thoubal District.
Besides the heroin, the Special Cell/Northern Range team also recovered three mobile handsets, SIM cards used in the drug trafficking activities and one white colour i-20 car bearing registration number AS/02W/3144 used for transporting of contraband drugs, concealed in its cavity.
According to Police sources, a specific information was received that key members/carriers of an international drug cartel would come near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, GT Road, Delhi in a white i-20 car between 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM on Thursday to supply huge consignment of contraband drug to one Najim of Delhi. Acting on the information, a raiding party led by Inspector Puran Pant under the supervision of ACP Jasbir Singh of the Special Cell/Northern Range was constituted and a snare was laid down at the place of the information.
At about 9:15 AM movements of two suspicious persons carrying Pithu bags were noticed near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, GT Road by the raiding party, the source added. The raiding party immediately apprehended the two key members/carriers who were identified as Md. Ikbal Khan and Md. Ishak from Manipur before they could escape, the source continued.
Upon checking the Pithu bag carried by Md. Ikbal Khan, the raiding party recovered one packet/parcel of fine quality contraband heroin weighing 6 kg. Further checking the Pithu bag carried by Md. Ishak, one packet/parcel of fine quality contraband heroin weighing 2 kg was recovered.
In total, 8 kgs of fine quality heroin was recovered from the due, the source added.
The Police source also informed that during the on-spot interrogation the two revealed that they received the heroin consignment from one Ali in Manipur for further supplying the same to his contacts in Delhi and Bareilly and they used i-20 car in which they concealed drug parcels in the cavity specially created for smuggling of drugs to avoid detection during a search by law enforcement agencies.
It was further revealed that due to some mechanical snag, they parked the car on the highway near Bareilly, UP and came to Delhi by taking a lift.
According to the police source, the two arrested stated that 2 kg of Heroin parcel was still concealed in the cavity of the said i-20 car, which was to be delivered to some contact of Ali near Bareilly, UP as Ali could not be contacted at that time.
The police source further added that on further interrogation Md. Ikbal disclosed that they used to change the colour of the vehicle on every trip, by wrapping a coating, which costs about Rs 50,000 in-order to avoid identification.
The abandoned i-20 car was seized from Bareilly, UP and the remainingt 2 kg of heroin was recovered.
So far, a total of 10 kg of high grade heroin has been recovered from their possession.
A case under section 21/29 NDPS Act, at police station Special Cell, Delhi has been registered and an investigation is underway, the source added.
It is said that the flow of the Heroin consignments of the international drug cartel is from Myanmar to Manipur and then to Guwahati, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Malda, UP-West and Delhi/NCR, etc.