Mumbai ATS nabs senior police officer with 12 kg heroin (Lead)

January 25th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) The Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) here Sunday arrested an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the Jammu and Kashmir cadre with over 12 kg of heroin, a top official said.Shajji Mohan was nabbed early Sunday with the drug consignment, estimated to be worth Rs.1.20 million in the domestic market and over Rs.120 million in the international market - from a posh location near Raheja Classique, in Oshiwara, a north-west Mumbai suburb, Mumbai ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi told mediapersons.

Mohan was arrested following a tip-off given by a constable of Haryana police, Rakesh Kumar and one Vicky Oberoi. The duo were arrested Jan 17 with 1.50 kg heroin by the ATS, the official said.

Their interrogation revealed that a large consignment of drugs was expected to be delivered by “a senior officer” soon in the same area.

“Acting on the information, ATS sleuths posed as customers and successfully managed to nab Mohan,” Raghuvanshi said.

“Apart from the drugs consignment, police have also recovered a laptop and some CDs from Mohan,” he said.

Belonging to the IPS batch of 1995 in the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, Mohan was the zonal director - Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Chandigarh. He was transferred recently to Mumbai as deputy director in the Enforcement Directorate, Mumbai.

Raghuvanshi said that when Mohan was the ZD-NCB Chandigarh, he had seized around 30-35 kg of heroin. He had manipulated the figures of the seizure and attempted to siphon off the narcotics in the open markets.

Mohan was produced before a magistrate this afternoon and remanded to police custody till Jan 30, Raghuvanshi said.

About the larger ramifications of the case, Raghuvanshi said: “We will investigate whether Mohan and his accomplices are linked to drug cartels in Mumbai and elsewhere, and the whereabouts of the remaining quantity of the missing drugs.”

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