During his interrogation by the police, Jagdish Singh Bhola, arrested on Monday for running an international drug racket, has disclosed that he was inspired by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to make it big in the crime world.
Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardial Singh Mann said on Thursday that Bhola was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai with 25 kg of synthetic drug ICE (M-amphetamine) in 2008 and lodged in the Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai. He came into contact with Dawood's former aides Abu Salem and Mustafa Dosa. Due to his contacts, Bhola was able to secure facilities in the jail, including outside food, the SSP added.
According to the police, he interacted closely with Salem and Dosa and showed keen interest in Dawood's illegal enterprises, especially the drug business. The inputs received from the duo reportedly convinced Bhola that he could succeed in the illegal drug trade.
The SSP said the interrogation also revealed that Bhola's contacts in Canada were sending ICE to Australia, primarily through air cargo. The drug would be mixed with banana powder to avoid detection. Other methods of concealing contraband included false cavities in containers, food product boxes etc.
Meanwhile, sources said the names of some police officials who had visited Canada-based kabaddi players had started figuring in the case.
Standing ovation for SSP
During the Patiala Media Club function on Thursday, Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia lauded SSP Hardial Singh Mann for his work against drugs. Mann was present on the occasion. "This man has done extraordinary work to weed out drugs and needs a standing ovation," said Majithia. The entire gathering at Harpal Tiwana Centre of Performing Arts gave a standing ovation to the SSP. The minister said he would support the SSP in his drive against drugs.