The drug world's staple crop is being pumped into the Capital with lethal ferocity as squabbles over jurisdiction limit the Delhi Police's reaction to merely providing intelligence inputs to more specialised and 'efficient agencies'.
Even as the inflow of heroin to the Capital increased in 2010 in comparison to 2009, divisions of state and specialisation limited the role of the Crime Branch, which has the actual responsibility of cracking down on the trafficking of contraband to and from Delhi, to providing intelligence inputs instead of busting cartels.
"Despite having made at least eight raids, during which we were able to recover heroin valued at anywhere from between R2 crore to R4crore, in the month of December we only managed to get our hands on 9kg of the hard drug as compared to 19 kgs in 2009," said a senior police officer from the Crime Branch requesting anonymity.
Police sources estimate the amount of heroin that finds its way into the Capital every
year lies between 15 to 20 kilograms.
The Capital is considered a key stop-over point as far as heroin, that finds its way into the country from Afghanistan before feeding Europe that is considered to be the largest consumer of the hard drug, is concerned.
"India's geographical proximity to two of the major opium production centers on the continent, called the 'golden crescent' consisting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, as well as the 'golden triangle', which covers Burma, Thailand and Laos, facilitates an influx of the contraband from bordering nations like Nepal, Pakistan and especially, Afghanistan," said the officer.
Though the Crime Branch claimed to have a success rate of 90% as far as detection of the contraband is concerned, they blamed last year's low seizures to a swelling demand for intelligence inputs to national agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
"Earlier, we used to go beyond Delhi borders for raids at areas such as Aligarh, Pilibhit, Chittaur from where some of the biggest hauls of heroin have been made. But last year, we were kept within the city's borders as national agencies, claiming to be more equipped to execute such raids, went ahead and raided such dens," the officer said adding that out of state raids would become the norm once again in 2011.