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NCB tightens screws on drugs cartels, Page 3 next target?




Going all out against the narcotics mafia, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided several places in Mumbai and Delhi and came across imported high-value drugs being sent by foreign post offices to various destinations like Mumbai and Goa, an official said here on Tuesday.

The raids came in the wake of the arrest of two drug peddlers in Mumbai three days ago as the NCB, along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), is striving hard to unravel the drugs mafia’s connections with celebs.

The arrested duo includes F. Ahmed, from Calangute, Goa, who works as a driver in a prominent resort, while the Bengaluru-based customer is linked with Page 3 celebs.

The NCB raids were carried out in Mumbai and Delhi from where the sleuths seized imported trafficked bud (curate marijuana), sourced from US and Canada, and commands a hefty price of Rs 5,000 per one gramme on the streets, said NCB Deputy Director K.P.S. Malhotra.

One consignment – sourced from the US – and intended for Mumbai was seized in Delhi, while another quantity confiscated in Mumbai – sourced from Canada – was meant for delivery to Goa.

After the drug peddlers coughed out details, the NCB seized 3.50 kg of bud, which is in great demand in Mumbai leading to its high prices in the grey market and huge profits for the traffickers, he added.

The bud is primarily sourced through the Darknet which affords layers of anonymity to both the buyers and the sellers and the transactions are mostly carried out using crypto-currency.

In the Delhi raids, the consignee was allegedly misguided by his Mumbai contacts who assured that some “legal stuff” was being procured from the US, which would be collected by them. The Mumbai-based persons are currently absconding and the NCB is hunting for them.

Interestingly, some of the persons interrogated by the CBI, the NCB and the ED in the past few days are understood to have spilled the beans on various celebs and politicians allegedly partaking drugs at private or rave parties.

In this connection, Kishore Tiwari, Advisor to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has called upon the Maharashtra Police to take cognisance of the sensational claims of actress Kangana Ranaut on “drugs flowing like water” in parties.

In a statement on Tuesday, Tiwari also urged Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to investigate the recent statements made by actor Mukesh Khanna on how several murders in Bollywood were allegedly passed off as suicides.

The latest operations were carried out under the supervision of a nationwide team of the NCB Zonal Director comprising Sameer Wankhede (Mumbai), Kuldeep Sharma (New Delhi) and Amit Ghawate (Bengaluru).

The investigators are hopeful of more details emerging over the next few days in the Bollywood-drugs mafia angle with possible involvement of politicians and other celebs.


577 new Covid cases take total tally past 91K in Jammu and Kashmir




With 577 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the total tally in Jammu and Kashmir crossed 91,000 mark.

A statement issued by the information and public relations department said that with 577 people tested positive on Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases jumped to 91,329 of which 82,219 have recovered completely.

Out of 577 new cases, 213 were reported from Jammu division and 364 from Kashmir division.

733 patients were discharged from different hospitals on Saturday after recovery.

The death toll in the Union Territory reached 1,430 with six more patients succumbing to virus.

The number of active cases in the Union Territory are 7,680 out of which 2,447 are from Jammu division and 5,233 are from Kashmir division.

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Quadcopter shot down by Army near LoC in Jammu and Kashmir




The Army shot down a quadcopter near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, official sources said.

“A quadcopter (DJI Mavic 2 Pro model) was shot down this morning by the Indian Army on the LoC in Kupwara district,” an Army statement said.

It is not the first time a quadcopter has been shot along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir.

In June, a Pakistani drone was shot down by the BSF in Hiranagar Sector on the International Border in Jammu. Arms and ammunition, including one M-4 US rifle, were seized.

Last month, a consignment of weapons was dropped from a drone for terror outfits in the Rajouri Sector. Three terrorists were arrested by the security forces when they went to Rajouri to receive the consignment of weapons.

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NRI man from HP hangs self in Delhi hotel




A 43-year-old man from Himachal Pradesh, who had come to India from Dubai in January but could not return due to Covid-19 restrictions, hanged himself in a central Delhi hotel, police said on Saturday.

Deceased Balwinder Singh’s kin alleged that he took the extreme step due to a fake visa racket he fell for.

Balwinder Singh and three others arrived in Delhi on Thursday. He opted to stay separately in a Nabi Karim hotel where he ended his life.

When he did not order breakfast and lunch, the hotel staff became suspicious and called police who found him hanging in the room. A suicide note was found from his possession.

“He was found hanging from a ceiling fan with his turban on Friday afternoon. We rushed him to the RML Hospital but he was declared brought dead. A suicide note running into 10 pages was seized, in which he said that no one is responsible for his death. However, we are verifying the suicide note,” said Sanjay Bhatia, DCP Central.

The police said that his family, including brothers, have ruled out any foul play though some relatives suspect that he along with three others was duped by a man on the pretext of arranging visas.

“Balwinder had taken approximately Rs 1.5 lakh each from the three men who accompanied him to Delhi from Mandi for visas. He was in touch with a man on mobile phone for visas. After reaching Delhi, the man did not pick up the phone. It may be one of the reasons for his extreme step,” said a relative.

Balwinder was working in a Dubai firm for around 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The body has been sent for post-mortem. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC are on.

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