Drug racket's 'Mumbai module' busted; 2 held
In continuing action against international traffickers of synthetic drugs, Punjab Police, in a joint operation with the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday, arrested two "key operatives" of alleged kingpin Devinder Singh "Dev".chandigarh Updated: Jan 17, 2014 23:35 IST
In continuing action against international traffickers of synthetic drugs, Punjab Police, in a joint operation with the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday, arrested two "key operatives" of alleged kingpin Devinder Singh "Dev".
Dr Sanjay Goel was picked up from Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, and Basant Srivastav from his house in Navi Mumbai, police have said in a press statement issued here on Friday. This follows the arrest of Rajasthan-based Canadian national Dev, who is also said to be the boss of drug lord Jagdish Bhola. Both men held now are based in Mumbai.
These arrests were "important and major breakthroughs" that would help bust the drug network from the source of supply, said additional director general of police (law and order) Dinkar Gupta. "A two-tier interrogation of the drug smuggling accused is on since October 14, 2013. First the district police and, later, State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) will grill them," he added.
This interrogation is under the supervision of the counter-intelligence wing of Punjab Police that, so far, has gathered leads from more than 100 accused about other cogs in the drug-network wheel. "The focus is not limited to Punjab," said Gupta, adding: "Networks in other parts of the country are also on the target."
Investigations suggest that drug racketeers procure precursor chemicals katamine, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, diverting from the medical sector, from Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Delhi for smuggling into Canada, where Chinese and Vietnamese nationals process these into synthetic drugs.
Police will seek further custody of Dr Sanjay Goel and try to secure transit remand of Basant Srivastav for producing him in a court in Punjab.
Charges against operatives
The Mumbai module is charged with supplying 4,500 kilograms of precursor chemical katamine to Devinder Singh "Dev". A judicial court in Mumbai has issues warrants to search two factories that police will raid on Saturday.
Step 1: From the squad picked to raid New Delhi and Mumbai, an advance police led by inspector Bikramjit Singh Brar, station house officer (SHO) of Banur, reached Mumbai on January 13, did reconnaissance, and located the wanted people. Punjab Police headquarters remained in touch with Mumbai police commissionerate to coordinate the operation.
Step 2: Superintendent of police Jaskiranjit Singh, DSP Arshdeep Singh, drug inspector Jai Jaikar Singh, and 17 police personnel, including two women constables, took alleged mastermind Devinder Singh "Dev" to Mumbai on January 16 and contacted the Mumbai crime branch.
Step 3: Dr Sanjay Goel was arrested from a hotel in New Delhi where he had booked a day's stay. He is owner of the Sanvin group of companies (Medicraft Pharmaceuticals, Pioneer Agro Industries Pharmaceutical, Sanvin Laboratories, Sanvin Exports, Medigraph India, and Sonica Chemicals).