'Ganja through post' gang cracked in Delhi

Investigators recovered around 140 kg of ganja worth about Rs five lakh from the gang.
"The gang used a peculiar modus operandi to smuggle ganja into the city. The drug was being smuggled as parcels through the Indian Postal Service all the way from Orissa to Delhi," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Neeraj Thakur said.

The gang had been running its operations since the past six months and thousands of kilos of ganja has been brought in so far, he said.

Shafi Islam (25), the gang leader, Satpal Mann (55), the postman, Jaffar Ali (32) and Ganesh (35) were arrested from near Burari Post Office yesterday on a tip-off.Mann works in Burari Post Office and allegedly used to charge Rs 200 for every kilo of ganja delivered to the gang. He is working in the same post office since the past 10 years. Islam met him six months ago and offered him the lucrative deal, Thakur said.

Islam, hailing from Kooch Behar in West Bengal and presently residing in Burari, allegedly gets his supply from Orissa in parcels which arrive about twice a week.

"Each time 3 to 4 packets arrive with about 10 to 15 kilos of ganja in each packet. All the parcels are addressed to him at a fictitious address in Burari. The postman used to call him up on his mobile phone and hand over the delivery of ganja at the post office itself," Thakur said.

He used to supply the drugs to local cartels in Burari, Jahangirpuri, Shahbad Dairy and also to some parts in Palwal and Faridabad.Ali is his associate while Ganesh is the alleged supplier of ganja. "Ganesh was arrested as he came here to discuss further details about his business with Islam and Ali," Thakur said.

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