During questioning by the Delhi Police Special Cell, arrested criminal Neeraj Bawana has revealed that he had “supplied opium” to a prominent Haryana leader in 2013 inside Tihar Jail.
Bawana, who is presently in four-day police custody, also disclosed that he was approached by the leader’s son through a sewadar of Tihar Jail to supply opium to his father. A senior police officer said Bawana was taken into four days’ police remand as the Special Cell wanted to take him to Kolkata, Mumbai and Rajasthan to unearth the larger conspiracy involving his gang.
“Initially, Bawana tried to mislead police and did not cooperate with investigators. But after sustained questioning, he revealed where he had hidden an AK-47 and SLR rifle.
He also disclosed that he helped his uncle, former Mundka MLA Rambir Shokeen, during the Assembly polls,” a police source said.
“Since 2012, Bawana was in jail after he was arrested by the Special Staff of Outer District in an extortion case. In 2013, a senior leader and his son were convicted in a corruption case and they were also lodged in Tihar. The leader’s son first approached a sewadar in the jail and asked him to arrange opium for his father. The sewadar then approached Bawana and asked him to provide opium to the leader,” a police source said.
Interestingly, sources said Bawana, in 2013, had revealed before police that he was supplying opium to the senior leader.
Police said during questioning, Bawana had rented a flat in Kolkata and opened a bank account using a fake ID as he wanted to procure a passport to travel abroad.