The 57-year-old Afghan national from whose abdomen seven plastic pouches of heroin were extracted by the doctors of a city hospital will be arrested when he gains consciousness, the police said.
Abdul Ali Noori was admitted in Metro Hospital on Tuesday night in an unconscious state by his son and a local guide. He had been complaining of severe abdominal pain and loss of consciousness. After conducting CT scan, the doctors found ‘foreign bodies’ in his abdomen which led them to conduct a surgery on the patient.
A total of seven heroin capsules, packed in plastic pouches were extracted from his abdomen by the doctors till Thursday afternoon. It has been reported that the seized capsules of heroin are worth lakhs of rupees. However, neither the police nor the narcotics department could confirm the market value of the seized drugs.
“After examining the samples, the narcotics department has confirmed that the patient had been carrying a contraband substance. We have registered a case under Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act 18/20 against Noori. We have deployed personnel at the hospital and Noori will be arrested whenever he gains consciousness,” Vinay Singh, station house officer, Sector 24 police station, said.
The police have also arrested his son Abdul Wali Noori. He is 26-years-old. However, the police have not disclosed much on the criminal history and modus operandi of Noori.
“Investigations are going on and till now we can confirm that Noori arrived in India on February 25 and had been staying at a hotel in Malviya Nagar, Delhi. Whether he had a history of criminal activity in Afghanistan or India will be declared after the investigation,” Singh said.
Noori has remained in critical state for the past two days and doctors haven’t yet been able to trace whether he is carrying any more drugs in his body.
“He is still on ventilator and doctors have not been able to conduct CT scan on him. Unless, he gains consciousness, we won’t be able to tell whether he is carrying any more capsules in his body,” Chhaya Malhotra, spokesperson, Metro Hospital, said.