Saji gave 10-kg heroin to Jammu man to sell it; NCB makes its first arrest

Two months after Saji Mohan was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad in Mumbai,the Narcotics Control Bureau made its first arrest on Saturday to unveil his nexus with drug peddlers in the region.

Written by Varun Chadha | Chandigarh | Published: March 29, 2009 2:51 am

Two months after Saji Mohan was arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Mumbai,the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) made its first arrest on Saturday to unveil his nexus with drug peddlers in the region.

Saji had allegedly given Naseeb Chand (70),a resident of RS Pura in Jammu,10 kg heroin to sell it on his behalf.

Naseeb was summoned by the NCB after conducting its own investigations. “While being investigated by the ATS,Saji had made some disclosures about his drug peddling nexus. We have been investigating the matter. The name and role of Naseeb Chand came to surface and we asked him to join investigations on Friday,” NCB officials said.

After interrogating Naseeb,the NCB found enough evidence to arrest him. He was produced in court today and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody.

“Naseeb has admitted that Saji handed over 10 kg of heroin to him in Chandigarh last year and asked him to sell it,” an official said.

Confirming the arrest,Sandeep Mittal,Zonal Director of Narcotics Control Bureau in Chandigarh said: “The accused has revealed that Saji gave him heroin only once. We are investigating the matter further. We can’t disclose the money transaction between the two now.”

The NCB officials said they are investigating the source of heroin that Saji gave to Naseeb. “Ten kg heroin is a heavy consignment worth Rs 10 crore in the international market. Whether he partially concealed the recovery of a raid or got it from other source needs to be investigated. Moreover,the money transaction between the two and their relationship needs to be probed,” officials said.

Who is Naseeb Chand?
Naseeb Chand wore dirty clothes in the court. Sources said his financial condition is not good. An illiterate,he came in contact with Saji through another person.

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