TAMIL NADU

NCB to seek extradition of Sri Lankan

CHENNAI DEC. 7. The Narcotics Control Bureau will soon seek the extradition of a Sri Lankan national, M.S.M. Shiam, ``wanted'' in various cases booked by it under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. He was arrested in Colombo, along with his wife, last month-end in connection with a seizure of brown sugar.

The bureau will take steps for extraditing him after obtaining details of the case in which he was arrested on the island, the Director, South Zonal Unit, Shankar Jiwal, told The Hindu.

Mr. Jiwal said following the seizure of huge quantities of brown sugar in the last couple of years, it came to its notice that Mr. Shiam of Colombo along with a large network of organised gang was actively involved in drug trafficking for more than a decade. In the last few years, he was responsible for transhipment of more than 400 kg of heroin. Warrants were sent to his previous residential address on the island's capital, but since he had changed his address, the warrants could not be executed.

Mr. Shiam was wanted in connection with five cases of seizure of brown sugar. One case pertained to a seizure of about 15 kg of heroin at Nazarathpet near Poonamallee in April 2001, in which four persons were arrested, of which one was convicted and the remaining three acquitted. The other seizures were at Guindy in October 2001, at Hosur in October next year, in Madurai and Koottapuli coast in Tirunelveli district in January this year.

There was a bilateral agreement between India and Sri Lanka for the extradition of persons wanted in connection with cases relating to illicit drugs trade. The zonal office would send requisition seeking extradition of Mr. Shiam through its headquarters and the External Affairs Ministry.

Mr. Jiwal said the bureau took steps for seeking the extradition of one Faluludeen , also a Sri Lankan national, who after his conviction in an NDPS Act case escaped from the Government Hospital, Salem, where he was admitted, last year. He was later caught in Sri Lanka.

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