OTHERS

Embassy official's son held; charas seized

NEW DELHI, JULY 20.

The 20-year-old son of a senior U.S. Embassy official and the 19- year-old daughter of a British High Commission official were allegedly caught with 300 grams of charas by the Paharganj police in Central Delhi last night.

The accused -- identified by the police as Andrew and Kate -- were nabbed after the police were informed by the owner of a shoe shop in Paharganj that the boy had come to his shop and asked him to make a cavity in his thick-soled bathroom slipper.

The police personnel on reaching the spot questioned the boy and searched his shoulder bag, which allegedly led to the recovery of charas. Subsequently, they also caught the girl who was waiting for Andrew in a nearby restaurant. Kate told the police that she was Andrew's friend. It was subsequently revealed that the boy had purchased the charas for his own consumption.

Though a case was subsequently registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the police did not proceed against the accused as they claimed diplomatic immunity. The two accused were handed over to the diplomatic staff.

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The Central Delhi police have arrested an alleged satta den operator and 13 others under the Gambling Act and recovered Rs 30,110 in stake money and some satta slips from their possession.

The police said the prime accused, Mohammad Usman, who was wanted in 35 cases, had inherited the racket from his father, Inayat Elasi -- who was wanted in 52 cases -- upon his death.

Mohammad Usman, a resident of 2039, Kucha Nahar Khan, Kucha Challan, Darya Ganj, was caught last night by the Special Staff of Central Delhi police along with his associates, Munaver and Alam besides 11 other persons.