New Delhi: Six Nepali nationals, including three women, and a minor were apprehended in north Delhi allegedly with 35 kg of hashish with street value of Rs 20 lakh, police said on Friday.
The arrests came following a tip off that a racket involving Nepalese drug peddlers has been actively involved in smuggling drugs into Delhi and Himachal Pardesh through state buses, IB Rani, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North), said.
Veer Bahadur (29), his wife Sushila (26), Dil Bahadur (29), Meen Bahadur (21), Parvati (29) and Maharshi (32) were arrested and a minor was detained from Majnu Ka Tila yesterday.
"The men were carrying bags over their backs and women were carrying handbags. Searches were conducted and police recovered 35 kg of hashish secretly kept in the bags," Rani said.
During interrogation, police claimed, the gang told police that one Prakash used to engage this group to transport the hashish to Delhi via Balrampur in Nepal.
"The Nepalese group used to alight at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal and then proceed to Chandagi Ram Aakhara, near ISBT, where an Indian local contact Manoj used to receive the consignment," Rani said.
In another case, 40-year-old Naseema Khatoon was arrested from Jama Masjid area allegedly with ten grams of smack yesterday.
"She told police that she entered the world of drug trade due to poverty and to earn easy money," a senior police official said.
She was earlier convicted in a case of drug peddling.