Jalandhar- In yet another major crackdown, a Delhi based Nigerian and a former student of Lovely Professional University, Phagwara was arrested with heroin from National Highway-1 on Friday. The duo was nabbed following the arrest of one Deepak Atil, a resident of Murthal in Sonepat district from Hardo Pharala village near Maheru T-point with three grams of heroin on April 24.
During investigation, Deepak had confessed that his brother, who was earlier studying in LPU was running a drug supply chain in connivance with a Nigerian. On Friday, a police party arrested Pankaj, the brother of Deepak and the Nigerian- Butter Nnanam Enugu State Nigeria from Achim No.7, Igwer. Butter Nnanam was currently based in Delhi.
The police recovered 53 gram heroin from the possession of the Nigerian and five gram of heroin from the possession of Pankaj. Sadar police Jalandhar Inspector Vir Singh had laid a naka at Kot Kalan village road and intercepted the duo riding pillion near Haveli restaurant on GT Road with heroin consignment. It was learnt that Pankaj used to get heroin supply from his Nigerian counterpart.
Talking to Daily Post, ADCP-II D Sudharvili said that the Nigerian was staying in India illegally. “His passport was invalid and he was currently staying in Delhi. Apart from the NDPS Act, we have registered a case under section 14-A, B of Foreigner Act 1946”, she said. The ADCP-II said that the police was completing initial investigation and accordingly the Nigerian Embassy or the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) would be informed for further action on their part.
When asked if the Jalandhar Commissionerate Police has forwarded the information pertaining to the recent arrests of some of the Nigerian students under NDPS Act with the MEA the officer said, “It would be too early to comment on this development. Investigation was going on.”
Earlier in the day, both Pankaj and Butter Nnanam were presented in the court, where they were taken on police remand for further investigation. It is pertinent to mention here ADCP-II D.Sudharvili led the investigation with SHO Sadar Police Inspector Gurpreet Singh and Paragpur chowki incharge Paramjit Singh and first arrested Deepak with heroin on April 24. On Friday, the police arrested the other two accused in this case.
Recently, the Jalandhar Commissionerate Police arrested two foreign nationals and a Phagwara based youth in connection with drugs supply. Earlier the police have arrested an African national with heroin.
The police have arrested Okoye Echukumu, a resident of the local government of Arua Anambra state Nageora, who was currently based at Uttam Nagar in Delhi.
The second foreign national was identified as Alex J Obonanu from Lagos state, Nigeria and currently residing in Chotti Baradari Jalandhar and Jatinder Basant Rai from Dadoki village in Phagwara, Kapurthala. The duo was arrested on April 21.
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