Nephew of SP leader Abu Asim Azmi held in Mumbai for ‘running’ drug racket
Aslam, nephew of Abu Asim Azmi, was caught in a luxury hotel in Mumbai’s Santa Cruz.india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 23:20 IST
The nephew of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi and three more men were arrested in Mumbai and the national capital for allegedly running an international drug racket, police said on Wednesday.
The Delhi Police special cell, which ran the operation from Sunday to Tuesday, seized 5kg of the party drug MDMA, also known as ICE, worth Rs 40 crore in the Capital.
“The seized drug was to be smuggled to the US and UK in parcels of different clients of a courier company in Delhi,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).
The 43-year-old Aslam was caught in a luxury hotel in Mumbai’s Santa Cruz on Tuesday. He allegedly ran the cartel from the hotel room.
“Aslam is a key accomplice of kingpin Kailash Rajput and looks after the network in India. Till 2008, Aslam worked as a cargo officer in a Dubai-based company. He returned and worked in another company in Goa till 2013,” Yadav said.
Aslam, a Class 12 dropout, later opened a restaurant in Goa and allegedly came in contact with drug peddlers, who were Rajput’s accomplices. He was introduced to Rajput by their common contact, Hanif Bhai, police said.
When Rajput was arrested by Mumbai police three years ago, Aslam helped him during the trial and became his close partner, police said.
Rajput jumped bail and fled India, and is running the syndicate from Dubai now. He is said to be a key player in narco-terrorism against India and close to fugitive Mumbai ganglord Dawood Ibrahim.
“Rajput sent drugs from Dubai and Aslam distributed these to their contacts in France, Germany, UK, Spain, USA and even West Asian countries through couriers,” an officer said.
Aslam was busted when sleuths arrested a delivery boy named Avdhesh on Sunday with a backpack containing around 5kg of premium quality contraband at the Mahipalpur office of courier company Prefer Logistic Pvt Ltd in southwest Delhi.
Avdhesh, aged 26, allegedly told police he was lured into the illegal trade by his employer Amit Aggarwal and manager Chandan Rai. He was offered around Rs 33,000 for each kg of drug ferried point to point.
He wanted to become rich overnight and agreed, police said.
The 40-year-old Aggarwal disclosed that Aslam had sent the consignment to him from Mumbai.
MDMA, short for methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is popular among youngsters, especially in rave parties in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and other cities.
Aslam’s uncle Abu Asim Azmi is the Mumbai unit president of the Samajwadi Party. He was in the news this May for taking over the management of Islamic International School (IIS), founded and run by controversial Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik.
First Published: Jun 07, 2017 23:20 IST