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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Chargesheets against 14 for smuggling drugs

Our Correspondent
Gurugram, October 7

Gurugram police have filed chargesheets against a cartel for smuggling medicines out of country. The gang was busted in July when it was caught smuggling Covid drugs to Iraq, through Vande Bharat flights.

The police filed a 250-page chargesheet against 10 accused and a 100-page chargesheet against four Iraqis. The racket was busted on July 28 in a joint operation by the CM flying squad and the Drugs Control Department.

The five accused including four Iraqi men and an Uzbek woman were caught for black marketing and trying to smuggle a huge consignment of psychotropic, narcotic and cancer as well as Covid treatment drugs to Iraq through students. The police had then seized over Rs 74 lakh, a Fortuner car and some banned drugs.

An SIT was formed to investigate the matter. It was found that the racket had a connection in Jaipur and two drug suppliers, Hariom Tikiwal and Amit Aggarwal, were nabbed soon after. Two medical store operators, Naveen Sharma and Deepak, were arrested from Delhi, who confessed that they had provided 7,100 restricted injections and 12,000 tablets to Iraqi smugglers. The rate of injection started from Rs 4,200 and costed Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 for the Iraqi racket members, who priced it at Rs 1 lakh, the accused revealed.

As of now, 14 accused have been arrested, of which 10 have been granted bail, while four Iraqi men are in judicial custody.

A senior investigator of SIT said the chargesheets had been filed, but the officials of the companies, whose drugs were recovered, would also be questioned soon.

The four Iraqi men were identified as Aws Raad Nealmah Al-Hendi, Akram Faiz, Mohnnad, Othmana. The accused were arrested after a police raid.

Police spokesperson Subhash Bokan said the SIT had conducted a speedy investigation and filed the chargesheets.

from The Tribune

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