Hizbul-linked drug outfit busted; J&K cop among three arrested

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The syndicate funds banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen

Suspected members of a narco-terror outfit being produced by the Special Cell at the Patiala House Courts on Monday.— Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Suspected members of a narco-terror outfit being produced by the Special Cell at the Patiala House Courts on Monday.— Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Suspected members of a narco-terror syndicate, which funded banned outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, have been arrested in the Capital, the Delhi Police Special Cell said on Monday.

The arrests come in the wake of the recent suspension of cross-border trade with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, via the Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir, owing to a spurt in heroin smuggling across the Line of Control.

A fortnight after over 100 kg of heroin was intercepted at Uri, the Special Cell nabbed three persons, including a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable who allegedly worked as a courier. The police claim to have seized 10 kg of pure heroin of Afghani origin, worth Rs.35 crore in the international market, from the accused.

Police investigations have revealed that the kingpin of the syndicate, which is spread across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, presently operates from Kuwait under the alias Ali. His name had earlier cropped up last December when the Special Cell arrested four persons with 47 kg of heroin and 2 kg of crack cocaine.

“Ali, who is said to be from Tamil Nadu, runs the drug cartel over phone and internet telephony,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Yadav.

Further investigations into the leads provided by the accused revealed that Ali works in close coordination with Pakistan-based Hizbul militants to supply drugs in India. Following the trail, the Special Cell received a tip-off on January 19 that two persons from Tamil Nadu were in the Capital to receive contraband from a Kashmir-based supplier.

A trap was laid at the rendezvous point near Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin and the three were arrested.

The accused were identified as constable Khurshid Alam of the J&K Police, B. Ganesh and M. Senthil, both residents of Perumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

“During his interrogation, the constable confessed to having supplied nearly 80 kg of heroin in the past one year at the instance of his handler, Fayyaz,” said Mr. Yadav.

The constable told the interrogators that he had been receiving the contraband from Fayyaz, a Hizbul area commander presently operating from Abbottabad in Pakistan, through conduits in the Uri sector.

“A significant portion of the proceeds gets remitted to Fayyaz for furthering terror activities. Fayyaz is a known Hizbul cadre who was active in the Ganderbal area of the Kashmir Valley till 2006 and thereafter, he reportedly returned to Pakistan and has since been acting as a launch commander for terrorists who infiltrate into India to carry out strikes. Last August, five of the militants launched by him were neutralised in the Penag area of Ganderbal,” said Mr. Yadav.

According to the police, constable Alam received the consignments in Srinagar and supplied them to his clients from Tamil Nadu for delivery to cartel members in Chennai.

During interrogation, Ganesh and Senthil purportedly confessed that they were part of the drug cartel run by Ali. Ali’s aide, codenamed Gopi, is in-charge of the syndicate’s South India operations for managing carriers and suppliers.

  • The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two gang members from Tamil Nadu

  • The kingpin, Ali, runs the drug racket from Kuwait over the phone, internet

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