“Sharafat Sheikh, booked under the NDPS Act and lodged in Tihar jail, has been supplying heroin in Delhi along with his son Wasim,” reads the FIR registered by the narcotics branch of the Delhi Police.
Sheikh’s disclosure to the Delhi Police on how he managed to get cell phones and SIM cards is a severe blow to Tihar's claim of foolproof security arrangements where a visitor has to go through a series of security checks before he gets to meet a prisoner.
Sheikh being a high-risk prisoner is kept in solitary confinement. The incident sent shockwaves as Tihar, Asia’s biggest and most-guarded prison, houses some of the most dreaded terrorists, gangsters and mafia dons.
Sheikh, in his confession to the police in October, stated that he was provided the cell phone set by another inmate. The SIM card was also given to him by a prisoner whose driver had delivered 2-3 SIM cards to him during a mulakaat session at the jail.
Sheikh, said to be behind 90 per cent of the cocaine and heroin trade in Delhi, disclosed that he and his family were facing financial problems as he was in jail for sometime.
“I had discussed my problems with some other prisoners. Bhura, who was with me in jail, gave me the number of Mobina alias Baby,” Sheikh told interrogators. He said another prisoner Bittoo alias Sudhir Kumar, from Krishna Nagar, gave him a mobile phone set. Bittoo, he said, was on bail. Charanjeet alias Daboo, also lodged in jail, was given 2-3 SIM cards by his driver Rinku, when the latter came to meet him at Tihar. Charanjeet gave one of these SIM cards to Sheikh.
“I was using the number 9971519184. I spoke to Mobina, whose number had been provided to me by Bhura, and told her that I was facing some problems. I told to give smack to the person sent by my son or me and we would make the payments to her. If at any point of time we were unable to pay, we would make the payment after selling the stuff. I would talk to my son on his mobile number 9891439498. Every week my men would collect the stuff from Mobina and sell it. After Wasim was arrested, the jail staff seized my cell phone,” he told the police.