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IPS officer held for smuggling heroin
Shiv Kumar/Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Mumbai/Chandigarh, January 25
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai police arrested a senior IPS officer with 12 kg heroin today. Interestingly, the officer, identified as Shaji Mohan, was recently transferred to Mumbai from Chandigarh where he held a plum post in the Narcotics Control Bureau.

According to ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi, the value of heroin recovered from the accused is pegged at Rs 12 crore in the international market.

Mohan was arrested following revelations made by a constable of the Haryana police Rajesh Kumar Katharia (36) who was arrested earlier this month, said Raghuvanshi, while talking to reporters here.

Citing details, he said, acting on a tip-off, the ATS officers, posing as decoy customers, coaxed Mohan into meeting them at a coffee shop in suburban Oshiwara. He was nabbed as soon has took out the packet containing drugs and tried to deliver it to them, added the ATS chief. Apart from the contraband, a laptop, some CDs and other documents were seized from Mohan, he added. In the afternoon, the accused was produced before the holiday magistrate who remanded him in police custody till January 30. Police suspect that Mohan was trying to sell the heroin seized by the NCB in the open market.

Mohan, a 1995 batch officer of J& K cadre was recently shifted to Mumbai as deputy director in the Enforcement Directorate.

During his posting in Chandigarh, he was known for turning the heat on the local police personnel for their alleged links with drug peddlers. It is learnt that the ATS would also look into Mohanís contacts in Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, Mohanís arrest has stirred a debate in the Chandigarh police circles, as it was during his tenure last year, the alleged nexus between the Chandigarh police and drug peddlers was exposed.

The startling revelations by the NCB following the disclosures of a peddler Harpal Singh alias Raju led to the suspension of five Chandigarh cops, including subinspector Harinder Singh Sekhon, head constable (HC) Sukhjinder Singh alias Bhola, HC Bachittar Singh, HC Baljit Singh, HC Mohan Singh and HC Kuldeep Singh. These five officials are facing a regular departmental inquiry. A senior police officer added that Mohanís arrest would have its bearing on the ongoing probe against these cops. It was after Mohan disclosed to media about the police-peddlers link that the top brass of the Chandigarh police had told him to come on record and give details about the findings.

The inquiry, supposed to be conducted within three months, was marked to DSP (Woman cell) on October 13, but the same had been pending due to the ďlackadaisicalĒ attitude of the NCB, said highly-placed sources in the Chandigarh police. The NCB came under the cloud in the past after its officer Ravi Kant Pavar was arrested in a corruption case on the complaint of a Kullu resident, whose brother was caught along with an Israeli resident Lior Avi Ben Moyel in 2005 with 155 kg of charas. Liorís wife Lada had got arrested another constable of NCB Paramjit Singh by CBI in a graft case.



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