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Cops to quiz Prajapati

IS Ramesh Prajapati an ISI agent, or is he a member of an international drug cartel? Questions like these are baffling the police ever since the arrest of the former Naval officer.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 00:19 IST

IS Ramesh Prajapati an ISI agent, or is he a member of an international drug cartel? Questions like these are baffling the police ever since the arrest of the former Naval officer.

Prajapati has confessed to have visited cities in the country, which have major defence establishments.

Meanwhile, police are waiting to get him on remand and are likely to do so on Saturday. What puzzles the men in khaki is how a High School pass out Naval officer was so adept at the Internet that he downloaded the Indian Navy logo from the website and manipulated it and floated tenders on the form with Naval logo on the letterhead. Though police have not detained his female accomplice here in the city, but sources in the police department said she was spared to be monitored by police officials.

Perhaps, police are considering the role of International drug peddlers
who through low-paid Indian employees after luring them for hefty money include them in their racket and later through them run their business in South Asian and South East Asian countries.

The call and phone numbers traced out from the three cell phones in the possession of Prajapati have confirmed that Ramesh was in contact with people staying in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and some European countries.

But what has perplexed police most is the hectic movement of Prajapati in the cities where there is major defense establishments. Moreover, why was he so curious to meet HAL officials here in the city.

Police have booked Ramesh Prajapati under Foreign Exchange Regulatory Act (FERA) and several other charges but are waiting to start interrogation. Police have also sent the confiscated rubber stamp of the navy and inks used to convert black dollars into their original format for forensic testing.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 00:19 IST