The two men were caught carrying 50 kg of charas worth ₹50 lakhs in a pick-up truck, before being intercepted by the police.
On Tuesday, 23 rd April, the police arrested 2 men on the Dwarka expressway in possession of 50 kg of charas worth ₹50 lakhs while transporting it in a pick-up truck. The suspects were later identified as Hariom Kumar (36) and Varun Tyagi (38), both residents of Ghaziabad. According to the police, the suspects were transporting the drugs from Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to Gurugram via the Dwarka expressway in a Tata Xenon pick-up truck
before the police intercepted it. They had modified the truck so as to be able to store the drugs under the truck’s body near the rear wheels, so that they didn’t have to store them inside and risk someone spotting them.
“The duo were produced in a city court on Wednesday and taken on 3 day police remand. During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had joined this business 3 months back and have completed several trips between the two cities. We are expecting to get more information on the people associated with the accused”, said ACP (crime branch) Shamsher Singh. The police later added that Hariom has revealed the names of other drug suppliers and that teams have been formed to conduct raids at suspected places and arrest the other suppliers. “Police usually check the inside of the truck, which was always kept empty giving them a chance to past a check posts”, he added. Police sources have stated that they were able to intercept the truck on the basis of prior information received about their movements.
Hariom was the head of a 13-member gang. “The gang used to sell 500 kg of different kinds of drugs every month. The drugs were routed through Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to UP, Delhi and NCR and supplied”, ACP Shamsher Singh added. The investigation also revealed that the 2 suspects used to buy the drugs in Vishakhapatnam for about ₹2000 per kg and then sell it in Gurugram at ₹5000-6000 per kg. It was found that most of their customers include corporate executives, mainly young people working at call centres. An FIR has been registered against the accused under the Narcotics Act.
The newly constructed Dwarka expressway on which the arrest took place has been a rather controversial project for the government. It has been under heavy scrutiny amidst the government’s alleged failure to complete the project in due time. The occurrence of such cases further deepens concerns about the monitoring of illegal activity on the e-way.
– Lakshay Kumar