Drug smugglers’ gang busted, hashish worth Rs.20 lakh seized

June 22nd, 2009 - 10:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, June 22 (IANS) Eight men and three women were arrested here for smuggling and selling drugs in the national capital region (NCR) and 100 kg hashish worth Rs.20 lakh was recovered from their possession, police said Monday.
On Sunday night during a routine check at the Sector-8 checkpost in Noida, the police stumbled upon a car carrying a man in an army soldier’s uniform and three women, police said.

“When the car was thoroughly checked, some boxes containing hashish, valued at Rs.20 lakh in the international market, were found,” Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Tripathi said.

The police took the four for interrogation, and during questioning they confessed that they had close links with the notorious Shekhar Hari gang. They also said that they sourced the drugs from Orissa, Bihar and Nepal and sold these in Delhi and the NCR.

On a tip-off from former Assam Rifles soldier Gadi Ram Gohat and the three women, seven more people were arrested, police said.

The arrested people were identified as Gadi Ram Gohat, Shibu Gohat, Lochan Gohat, Sauhaday Gohat, Boxer Bhera, Chahar, Raj Kumar, Devi Deen, Pushpa, Reena and Poonam.

The mastermind of the gang, Ram Babu, however, managed to get away, police said.

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