TheNarcotics Control Bureau(NCB) arrested two drug peddlers, including a woman, with 5 kg charas from ISBT, Sector 43 on Sunday morning. The woman had come to the city from Manali to supply contraband to another accused when the NCB arrested them with the contraband. They will be produced in a local court on Monday.
Kuldeep Sharma, suprintendent, NCB said the accused has been identified as Shakuntala Devi, 53, a resident of Manali and Noor Khan, 58, a resident of Kolkata. Sharma said they acted on a tip-off from an informer, who said Shakuntala used to come to ISBT-43 to deliver contraband to a smuggler.
NCB officials laid a trap near ISBT-43 on Sunday morning. Shakuntala stepped out of a Himachal bus with luggage in her hand at around 8am. Noor Khan was waiting for her. When she handed the bag over to Noor khan, NCB sleuths overpowered them. NCB sleuths searched the bag and found 4.960 Kg charas. The contraband was seized and the accused were arrested under the NDPS act.
During investigations, NCB officials said Noor Khan told them he paid Rs 4 lakh to the woman for the contraband two days ago. Khan used to come to the city to take delivery from Shakuntala every month and they met at ISBT-43. After the transaction, Noor Khan would go back to Kolkata and sell the drugs there.
Khan also spent a few years in Iraq, where he worked as a cook.