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830 grams of heroin worth Rs. 1 cr. seized in Anantapur

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RICH HAUL:Three Town police presenting the seized heroin and the accused at a press meet in Anantapur on Saturday.-- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD
RICH HAUL:Three Town police presenting the seized heroin and the accused at a press meet in Anantapur on Saturday.-- PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD

The Anantapur police on Saturday arrested four persons and seized Rs.1 crore worth heroin, making it the largest seizure of narcotics in the district ever.

Acting on an alert, the Three Town police deputed a squad to the Anantapur railway station late in the evening and arrested Shasha Vali, Mahaboob Basha, Abul Kalam and Abdul Riaq in whose possession was found 830 grams of heroin.

Speaking to The Hindu , Inspector Devanand said that Abul Kalam, a Manipuri management student studying in Bangalore, had bought the banned substance from across the border in Myanmar for a sum of Rs.30 lakh. The banned substance is expected to fetch Rs.1 crore in the illegal market.

Abul Kalam had teamed up with an erstwhile bus conductor Abdul Riaq, a resident of Bangalore, in identifying the market in Anantapur to sell the substance. During the search in Anantapur for accomplices who could sell it, they had met and contracted Shasha Vali, an employee at a medical shop, and Mahaboob Basha who owns an automobile shop in Anantapur. The police said that their plan was, however, nipped in the bud as they were arrested soon after they arrived in Anantapur.

All four of them have been booked under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) and a case registered against them. They have been remanded and sent to the district jail.

It is learnt that this is the first time that heroin was seized in the district.


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