The purported attempts of a BJP leader Rajan Angural to exert 'undue' pressure on a local police inspector to secure release of a drug peddler, allegedly hired by the leader's cousin, has exposed the politician-criminal nexus in drug peddling trade operational in the city.
On Saturday, the police had arrested Goldy, a drug peddler, near an octroi post on Kala Sanghian road and recovered 190 psychotropic capsules and tablets from his possession.
It was to secure the release of Goldy that the leader allegedly approached Station house officer Bhargo camp police station Som Nath.
However, Nath refused to oblige the saffron party leader. Goldy has been booked under various provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances (NDPS) Act.
Angural is widely seen as a close aide of local bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lal. Angural is already facing four criminal cases for attempt to murder, wrongful restraint and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.
During preliminary interrogation, Goldy has stated that he was hired by Ajay Angural, cousin of Rajan Angural, on Rs 300 a day.
"Goldy sells drugs to gullible customers, a majority of them youth, after settling the deal through mobile phone. His area of operation was Kala Sanghian Road, Lasuri Mohalla, Kot Sadiq and Ghah Mandi," Som Nath said. He said the police was conducting raids to nab Ajay Angural also.
The SHO said that two brothers of Ajay Angural including Rajinder Kumar alias Jinder had already been arrested under various provisions of the NDPS Act.