In yet another case that sheds light on how informers have become a liability for policemen, the Anti-narcotic cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police ended up falling for a trap hatched by the oil mafia using their informer network.
Based on a ‘tip-off’ given by the informer, the Azad Maidan unit of the ANC arrested one Muzzafar Zafarali Dalia, 38, from Mazgaon, south Mumbai, on Thursday. The police found 1.1kg of charas worth approximately Rs2.5 lakh from the silver Maruti Swift belonging to Dalia, a fish merchant. Though the case seemed open and shut to the police, Dalia did not confess to his ‘crime’ even after interrogation.
“Dalia answered our questions confidently and his version of events did not change,” said an officer from the ANC. “We decided to cross-check with our informer, who led us to one Akbar Ansar Sayed.”
“On interrogating Sayed, he confessed that he had planted drugs in Dalia’s car and tipped the informer,” S Kavlekar, senior inspector, ANC (Azad Maidan unit) said. “Sayed suspected that Dalia, who got fish delivery on the same port, tipped off the police leading to his arrest. Out on bail, he procured 1.1kg of charas. He later took Dalia’s driver to consume alcohol and removed the car keys. Using the duplicate key, Sayed got 2.5kg of charas planted in Dalia’s car and then contacted the police informer,” he added. The ANC has arrested Sayed and arranged for Dalia’s release.