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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Heroin smuggling via Punjab: 6 Nigerian ‘kingpins’ held in Delhi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 19, 2014
First Published: 09:22 IST(19/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:25 IST(19/6/2014)

The Punjab police claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough on Wednesday in its drive against drug trafficking with the arrest of six Nigerian men from Delhi. The men, termed “end recipients” of heroin consignments transiting through Punjab, were nabbed by a joint team of the State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) from Mohali and Patiala.

It is being claimed that these men had been obtaining heroin smuggled from Pakistan through Punjab and J&K borders, and pumped it into an international network spread in Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, the US, and the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra , Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

Expressly, they are being linked with a case in Amritsar. It is alleged that the men were in contact with Pakistan-based heroin smugglers Abid Ali, Sajabad and Bhola. Abid and Sajabad recently sent a consignment of 22kg heroin to Punjab that was seized in April. Bhola’s courier Mohd Ishfaq, alias Malangi, a Pak national, is already lodged in the Amritsar jail in connection with seizure of 6kg heroin, fake currency and a weapon.

The men are now being brought to Amritsar for production before the local court to obtain their police remand in order to question them thoroughly, establish the linkages revealed, and effect more arrests and seizures, according to the spokesman.

The men have given their names as Sydney Obinna, Uzochekwu Clement, Alogsis Ezechinelu, Mike, Victor and Peter. Inspector general of police (IGP), counter- intelligence, Gaurav Yadav camped in Delhi for two days to supervise the operation.

All six were residing in a rented accommodation in Uttam Nagar, New Delhi, from where they were arrested.

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