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Trapped by drug gang, boy faces death in Malaysia

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 02, 2014
First Published: 01:11 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 01:13 IST(2/6/2014)

Delhi Police are investigating a complaint of an alleged massive job racket where unsuspecting youths were apparently used as carriers for smuggling drugs to foreign countries.

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The investigations were began after a farmer’s son was used as a carrier and was now facing the death penalty in Malaysia. Police sources said that they have requested the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to intervene as it looks like an innocent boy had been trapped by gang members.

Tikam Singh, a native of a small village in Dehradun, has informed the Delhi Police about the gang and urged them to interfere on behalf of his son who was facing the death penalty. “In September last year, Sanjay Chauhan, who has done BTech, was lured for a job by a company based at Delhi airport.

The family paid them Rs. 50,000 in two instalments and the boy was sent to Malaysia on September 28. His employer gave him a briefcase, which he was supposed to be delivered at their Malaysia office,” said a senior Delhi Police officer, requesting anonymity.

Chauhan’s family told police that drugs were hidden in his suitcase, and the boy was caught after landing at Malaysia airport. “He was not aware of the presence of drug in the suitcase. We got to know about it when we received a letter which my son had written from jail. He had written that he might be given the death penalty,” Tikam Singh told police in his statement.

Police are sensing a larger conspiracy and fear that more youths may have fallen victim to the gang. “We have received complaints of cheating previously too but this one is a serious case. The boy is facing death penalty and it requires intervention of the MEA,” the officer added. Boy’s family had met the external affairs minister of the outgoing government. Delhi Police have also said that it will intimate the ministry to help the family.

“We have identified the suspects and will arrest them soon. Our immediate priority is to put the death penalty on hold if possible, with the help of MEA. After that the gang, which is using innocent youths will be nabbed,” the officer further said.


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