New Delhi, Aug 20: In one of the biggest drug hauls
in the capital, police have seized 100 kgs of a costly
narcotic substance used for making ecstasy tablets and
arrested four members of a trans-national drug cartel
operating in north India.
The contraband -- ephedrine worth Rs 100 crore in the
international market and three kgs of charas -- were seized
from one Gurdish Singh, a person of Punjabi origin settled in
Canada on his arrest from a posh hotel in New Delhi.
The substance, meant for delivery to a person identified
as Robin in the United States, was kept in packets hidden in
a cavity in framed paintings, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(south-west Delhi) Ravindra Yadav said here.
On interrogation of the 29-year-old NRI, police learnt
that the cartel was spread across Punjab, Maharashtra and
Madhya Pradesh, triggering a series of raids in several
places in these states.
Three of the other gang members -- Amit Aggarwal,
Paramjeet Singh and Kailash Chand Jindal -- were arrested
from Delhi, Ludhiana and Indore respectively, while raids are
on at several places to nab other accused, suspected to be
involved in the racket.
Aggarwal owns a laboratory (Maxo Lab Pvt Ltd) in Najafgarh
from where the cartel used to procure the drug regularly while
Paramjeet Singh runs a firm called Golden Shields Pvt Ltd in
Ludhiana which used to sent the drug consignments to foreign
countries like the US and Canada.
The modus operandi of the gang was to despatch the
contraband in small quantities by courier or ship it if the
consignment was large, he added.
Jindal also owns a laboratory (D J Lab) in Indore besides
running a newspaper agency.
Gurdish Singh, a school dropout whose parents emigrated
to Canada 40 years ago, returned to India two years back and
started working for Chinese and Canadian drug cartels.
A pistol, 19 catridges, 11 mobile phones, two luxury cars
-- Honda CRV, Toyota Corolla -- and a Tata 407 mini truck
were seized during raids at Gurdish`s houses in Mumbai,
Ludhiana and Indore.
Police said they have informed the Interpol and the
missions of the United States and Canada here about the
arrests as the consignment was US-bound and the gang was
operating at the direction of people in Canada and China.
The Delhi police had in July seized heroin worth Rs 41
crore and arrested the alleged kingpin of an inter-state drug
trafficking chain Gurnam Singh and his associate from
Mahipalpur near the Delhi-Haryana border.
Drug trafficking has been on the rise in the capital and
the directorate of revenue intelligence and narcotics control
bureau have seized over 120 kg high quality heroin in the last
two months itself.