A middle aged — seemingly ailing — hollow cheeked man, sits in a sizable yet cluttered room in a police station in Southeast Delhi. A misfit in the setting with men in uniform loitering around, he gazes at the opposite wall with a vacant look in his eyes.
The gaze is obstructed by two policemen, discussing something in whispers. He tries to comprehend their dialogue but slacks off as he fails to understand what they are talking about.
Noor Amir, 50, from a small village in Kabul, Afghanistan, is an alleged drug carrier. Weeks ago, he was arrested after being spotted lying unconscious in Lajpat Nagar. As many as 92 capsules of heroin, each measuring around three inches, worth Rs 3 crore were found in his stomach.
He says he does not know anything about the drug syndicate that he is being alleged to be a part of, nor does he have an idea about the value of the drugs he carried in his stomach from Kabul to India. While leaving from Kabul on May 7 all he was given was a piece of paper with a name scribbled on it and an assurance that Rs 70,000 will be given to his family, once the consignment is delivered.
“I was handed over the capsules on the night of May 7. They were so thick that it took me four hours to consume them. I gulped them down one by one with the help of a sticky honey-like substance and soon after started to feel like throwing up,” he told HT.
Amir was told that he must not eat or drink anything till the drugs are safely delivered. “I did not urinate nor could I pass stool. I did not eat or drink anything for over two days. I felt nauseated but could not take any medicine.” he said.
“Apart from nausea, I had severe headache and uneasiness. It became so unbearable that I was desperate to flush out the capsules from my system. For once I thought I will take a laxative and pass stool so that I am relieved but the thought of my children, my wives and our life back home stopped me,” he said.
Amir has two wives and five children -- three sons from the first wife and two daughters from the other. He says that he would have never agreed to risk his life had it not been for his family.
“We are neck deep in debt and to repay it I agreed to be a carrier. I tried many occupations back home but failed. This seemed like the only option to earn quick money and repay the debt. I wanted the debt to be cleared as I want my family safe,” Amir said.
He said he would have delivered the drugs and left the country had he not fainted in Lajpat Nagar.
“I could not take the heat and fainted and woke up was on the hospital bed,” he said.
Amir said he can only share the name of the supplier in Afghanistan with the police. He said it was only hours before his flight that he came to know that he is being sent to India.
He said he cannot get home now and may not be able to meet his family ever. “We are told that if we get caught, then no one will ever come to our rescue. The family for which I took so much pain will now be in Kabul while I languish here till I die,” he said.