The Delhi Police crime branch has arrested a 43-year-old army man and a former Delhi Police sub inspector’s son among three for drug trafficking. The police said on Friday 75 kg of marijuana was recovered from them during a raid in Sector 14 in Dwarka in southwest Delhi.
The accused have been identified as Babuji Sahu, the army man, Jitender Yadav, 22, son of a retired Delhi Police officer, and their associate, Narender Kumar, 27. The police said they were active members of a drug trafficking racket in Delhi and Punjab for the past few years.
Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime), said the three were arrested on Tuesday night from near a bus stand in Sector 14 in Dwarka on a tip-off.
“Assistant sub inspector Yudhvir Singh found out that a lot of marijuana was being smuggled into Delhi from Odisha and Bihar and sold in parts of the city,” Yadav said.
The police then collected details of those involved in the racket. On September 30, the team was tipped off about the delivery of marijuana in Dwarka. A trap was then laid and the three men travelling in a car were caught.
“We recovered 75.380 kg of marijuana in 30 packets from an iron box, bedding and a trolley bag,” said Yadav.
Sahu revealed he was born and brought up at an Odisha village. In 1992, Sahu joined the army as a sepoy and was later promoted to HMT Gun Fitter. His current posting was in Amritsar, Punjab.
“Near Sahu’s village, cannabis was cultivated. He met some villagers who sold ganja. Lured by the handsome profit in the trade, he also began supplying ganja.”
“Whenever Sahu visited his native village, he brought ganja with him and supplied it to his contacts in Delhi and UP. He would transport the ganja on a train. After delivering the drug, he would fly back,” said Yadav.
Jitendra disclosed his father retired from Delhi Police as a sub inspector. After his father’s death, he stopped studying. He had studied till Class 12. Soon he began selling marijuana. “He also bought ganja from Sahu,” said an investigator.
Narender, who earlier ran an auto spare parts shop, entered the drug trade six months ago, the officer said.