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Rs 35-crore heroin haul sends cops on Dubai trail

The challenge that awaits Delhi Police now is to track the whereabouts of the drug kingpin, identified as Shafi, and bring him to India. “For that, Delhi Police is mulling over two available options: either to send a Letter Rogatory (LR) or go with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to which both India and UAE are signatories,” said a senior official in the Special Cell of Delhi Police.

The two youths arrested on January 13 from near the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT were identified as Ajay (20) and Siddique (19), both belong to the Alapuzha district of Kerala. More than 10 Kg fine quality heroin were recovered from their possession, while they were heading for Mathura. “The police received an information that the duo had recently gone to Jammu and Kashmir to procure a heroin consignment,” said the senior official.

During interrogation, the accused told the police that they were working under an Alapuzha-based man named Manish, who had worked at Dubai as a private driver for drug lord Shafi. It also emerged that the transnational syndicate, actually headed by Shafi, used female conduits at the Jammu and Kashmir border taking a strategic advantage.

“The police is now looking for Manish and trying to identify other India-based members of the module. At the same time we have approached the Ministry of Home Affairs to communicate the matter to the Ministry of External Affairs, whose assent is a requisite for both LR and MLAT,” said the senior official. He further said, the police has also thought of pushing the matter through MLAT, which is given priority over LR.
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