Raising serious concerns over the issue of cross-border drug trafficking, a special court held a Pakistani national and two Jammu residents guilty of criminal conspiracy for trafficking heroin, and sentenced them to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment. The court held that such acts corrupt “trustworthy governments” and demoralise “law-abiding citizens”.
Special Judge Deepak Garg said drug traffickers are “required to be dealt with sternly” while holding the accused guilty under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
“Drugs corrode the basic structure of society… it destabilises families, reduces human productivity, corrupts trustworthy governments and demoralises law-abiding citizens,” Garg said.
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The Special Cell had alleged that Ramzan, a Pakistani national, had smuggled a huge consignment of drugs into the country on August 2010.
The two Jammu residents, Naresh and Jyoti Sharman, allegedly hired an Indica and traveled to Amritsar to receive the consignment from Ramzan.
Police said the three came to Delhi to deliver the consignment to another person, when they were apprehended near Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin area.
The Special Cell said the accused were apprehended after they received a tip-off that an international racket of drug peddlers operating from the Indo-Pak border were in Delhi.
The special court concluded that the prosecution has been able to prove that the convicts “entered into a criminal conspiracy by acquiring, possessing and trafficking heroin… as they were found traveling together and the fact that the drug was recovered from each of them”.
The court further added that the testimony of the prosecution witnesses is “trustworthy and reliable”.
Meanwhile, during the trial, the Pakistani national had said he was being falsely implicated in the case.
He alleged that “one particular day, he got drunk at his village Lakho in Pakistan. When he regained consciousness, he found himself near the banks of river Ravi in Punjab on the Indian side”.
He claimed that he did not intentionally enter the country but got swept away by the river. However the court observed that the version put forward by this accused is “mind-boggling and completely unbelievable”.