In one of the biggest seizures this year,the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 29 kg of heroin,worth Rs 45 crore,and arrested two persons in this connection.
According to DRI officials,the heroin originated from Afghanistan and then came to Amritsar through the Indo-Pak border. The agency,which laid a trap near Sarojini Nagar late on Wednesday night,found the heroin in the boot of an Indica car. The persons carrying the contraband have been identified as Kuljeet Singh and Sukhvinder Singh.
According to officials,the heroin was meant to be shipped to the US and UK. DRI officers had launched an operation,code-named Naya Savera,after they received a tip-off on the consignment being brought to the Capital.
We received information that a gang coming to Delhi from Amritsar will be carrying a huge amount of heroin, said Joint Director of DRI (headquarters) Sunil Tated.
In the night-long operation,agency sleuths trailed the vehicle carrying the contraband,which bore a Punjab registration plate. The verification and search of the two vehicles led to the recovery of the heroin from one of the cars.
Though raids were conducted on Thursday,based on disclosures made by the two,the police did not succeed in nabbing anybody else.
The two arrested persons were involved in NDPS cases earlier,DRI officials said,adding that they are currently verifying their antecedents. We are in the process of recording their statements,and raids are being conducted to nab their associates in the Capital. We have also seized the vehicle a Tata Indica in which the contraband was concealed. The two reportedly drove from Amritsar to Delhi. It is not clear how they managed to avoid detections at checkpoints between the two cities, a senior DRI official added.
This is the first major haul by the DRI this year. The agency,in November last year,had seized 52 kg of heroin in Delhi after the arrest of an Afghan national. DRI officials said that in the current financial year,it has confiscated more than 125 kg of heroin.