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UNDER COVER: Zohra Sheikh alias Chaman, wife of alleged drug dealer Sharafat Sheikh, arrested in MCOCA in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY
UNDER COVER: Zohra Sheikh alias Chaman, wife of alleged drug dealer Sharafat Sheikh, arrested in MCOCA in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Zohra Sheikh, the 33-year-old wife of alleged drug dealer Sharafat Sheikh, presently lodged in Tihar Central Jail here, was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police from Jammu and Kashmir House at Chanakyapuri here on Monday. She has been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Tajender Luthra, Zohra was wanted in connection with a MCOCA case.

She had allegedly been running her husband's drug cartel in Delhi and Mumbai after he was arrested and put behind bars on charges of drug dealing. The police were in search of her for the past 10 months.

Acting on a tip-off that she would visit J&K House on Monday, a team of the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch raided the place and arrested her.

During interrogation, she allegedly disclosed that he had been managing her husband's "business" after he was put behind bars.

Several properties were bought in her name from the ill-gotten money.

She would shuttle between Srinagar and Mumbai to evade detection and had been trying to dispose of the properties in her and her husband's name to avoid their confiscation by the police.

She allegedly revealed that she along with Sharafat would make part payment of under-construction residential properties and take the possession without making full payment, threatening the builders. "We have contacted the Directorate of Enforcement to investigate the money laundering activities of Sharafat Sheikh and his accomplices," said Mr. Luthra. Sharafat was booked under MCOCA last year.

The police have identified 22 properties bought in the name of Sharafat, Zohra, his second wife Najma, their relatives and accomplices, in Delhi and Mumbai.

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