Africans found staying in India illegally in drugs raid

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Crime Branch sleuths faced stiff resistance from a large number of Africans when they had gone to arrest a Nigerian in possession of heroin worth Rs 20 lakh in Qutub Vihar of southwest Delhi early on Saturday.

In the crackdown that followed, 10 Africans, including two women, were arrested for staying in the country without a proper visa or passport. Proceedings for their deportation are in progress, police said.

Confirming the developments, additional commissioner Ajit K Singla said, “We will take action against the owner of the property for abetting the crime and not getting proper tenant verification done.”

In a recent interstate coordination meet, it was decided to initiate organised and coordinated operations against drug cartels. Subsequently, a WhatsApp group, with the members being cops from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh, was formed to share real-time information about suspects and gangs.

On August 30, AIG Harpreet Singh from Punjab Police shared information with Crime Branch about the arrest of an African with 1kg heroin worth Rs 4 crore. “Punjab Police shared basic details of the accused believed to be the supplier of drugs.

He was also suspected to be a linchpin of drug vendors in the northern states, including Delhi. A team from the inter-border gangs squad (IGIS) of Crime Branch began tracking the suspect, later identified as John,” said DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh.

“A team led by ACP Aditya Gautam and inspector P C Khanduri raided John’s house in the densely-populated Qutub Vihar and arrested him with the heroin. However, other Africans created a ruckus and began to flee seeing the police teams. They were soon overpowered and upon checking it was found that they were staying in India illegally,” Singh said.

The accused told cops that they had come to India on business or student visas and didn’t return to their native countries. John came to India in November 2012 on a business visa for six months. He had been arrested in Goa in 2016 in a fake passport and visa case and was out on bail.

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