Doctors at Metro Hospital in Noida found seven plastic pouches, reportedly filled with heroin, in the stomach of a 57-year-old Afghan national. The Afghan national, Abdul Ali Noori, was admitted to the hospital by a relative and a guide.
By Thursday afternoon, doctors extracted plastic pouches carrying ‘poisonous substance’ from the patient’s stomach. The police and narcotics officers also arrived on the scene and identified the substance as heroin.
“The narcotics team collected the samples. Prima facie, it appears that the patient was carrying heroin packed in capsules that are five centimetres each in size,” Vinay Prakash Singh, station house officer of Sector 24 police station, said.
Noori, a native of Kandahar in Afghanistan, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night in an unconscious state by his relative and local guide-cum-translator. Noori is still unconscious and the hospital claims that they are operating on the patient as some of the pouches had burst inside his stomach.
“Noori has a history of loss of consciousness and was accompanied by a relative and a guide. However, he did not mention any local address and only submitted his passport,” Chhaya Malhotra, spokesperson, Metro Hospital, said.
As Noori was in a critical condition, the doctors admitted him to the intensive care unit and carried out a computed tomography (CT) scan on Wednesday morning.
“The CT scan of the abdomen showed multiple foreign bodies. We also carried out an upper GI endoscopy, which revealed multiple white cylindrical foreign bodies wrapped in plastic. Some of them possibly burst inside as we can also see swollen rice material,” Dr Atul Sharma, gastroenterologist, Metro Hospital, said.
Doctors said that Noori must have consumed the pouches orally as no operation marks were seen on his body.
The police have deployed personnel at the hospital and held his relative and translator for further investigation. It is likely that Noori will be arrested if and when he gains consciousness.
“Police will decide further course of action once the Narcotics team confirms that the substance was contraband. Till then an investigation is going on,” Singh said.
However, Noori is a critical state and doctors said that they are trying to save his life. “Repeat endoscopy or surgery might be done to remove the remaining bags from the stomach,” Dr Sharma said.
Many details about Noori and the events leading to his admission remain unclear.