Police bid to poke holes into drug kingdom

BJ Mirror Correspondent

Kaimur annexed the dubious crown of being narcotics capital of the country and ‘minted’ money faster than water in the hilly Karmnasa river. The bonus acquisition of mafia gangs is the drug addiction to their offspring.

The silky rout for the heroin carriers to reach Kaimur hideouts is Pakistan to Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and UP to Bihar destination. Another rout for the drug peddlers is Pakistan-Afghanistan to Nepal-Bangla Desh to Kaimur via Raxaul-Kishanganj borders. The Kaumur plateau hills provide easy and safe passage through Jharkhand-UP region, while the Ganga is only barrier in the Raxaul-Chapra route. Kishanganj consignments are carried in trains or goods carriers coming from Assam- Bengal region.

Once the consignments reach Kaimur areas, say insiders in the trade and police sources, they are packed in small consignments and send to different destinations from Bhabhua and Mohania in Kaimur district and Sasaram and Dehri in Rohtas. Trade sources confided that the Rajasthan consignments are dispatched mainly to Himachal Pradesh, Calcutta (Bengal) and Uttaranchal in boxes containing fruits. Patna has emerged as the main transit point for Raxaul-Kishanganj items and is supplied within the state.

Money involved in this clandestine trade is so high that frequent gang fights for supremacyhave become almost a routine affair. Very recently a notorious gangster of Burdwan in West Bengal Tushar Kant Choudhary had been paid Rs. 10 lakh for supari (contract) to murder of a heroin smuggler of Sasaram, Bulaki Kahar. The gangsters had assembled in a Dehri hotel and the kingpin Choudhary was also there to give final touch to the plan. As per the plan, one member of the gang was to accompany the conspirator at the time of meeting with Kahar to ascertain his identity. Thereafter, the shooters would kill him. Kaharhad snatched the dubious crown of being ‘narcotics king’ of Bihar and eastern UP.

Social fallout

Meanwhile, the drug addiction among new generation people has assumed alarming proportions in Rohtas and Kimurdistrcts, albeit other regions are immune from the killer addiction. The number of eligible bachelors is escalating dangerously. Marriage season comes and goes. But, many villages in Kaimur do not see any marriage. Nobaraat (marriage party) has gone out of two dozen village in Kaimur and Rohtas districts for over a decade. Young men are wealthy and educated. But they are aging fast. No father is ready to marry his daughter to drug-addicted groom. Heroine has seeped into their blood. Though the addiction does not make any caste distinction, the Rajput boys in the age group of 14 to 30 are the worst victims.

If you believe Ram Jas Singh Kushwaha, mukhia of Kohari panchayatin Bhabhua block, some 60 per cent of the youths, particularly of Rajput caste, in over a dozen villages of Mohania and Bhabhua blocks are drug addicts. Rajgarh, Gorsara, Gamhor, Bare, Bhairopur, Biriahria, Amwah and other villages are in the grip of drug peddlers. Initially, they fall prey and later they adopted it as their profession. And the spiral goes on and on, Kushwaha claimed.

A social activist and vice president of JD (U)’s Mahadalit Cell Ashok Paswan said that the situation had sunk so deep that the residents of several villagers in Dawat police station of Rohtas took a bold step to boycott the drug addict families involved in illegal trade. About 50-60 per cent youths had become drug addicts. The boycott reduced addiction to 20 per cent in the past two years, he said. Heroine is sold in sundry shops in rural areas. In some villages pouches of liquor have been replaced packets of heroin.

Recently a police team, led by Rohtas superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj raided a fruit shop near Dehri railway station and seized about one kilo gram of brown sugar, valued at Rs 2 crore in the international market. The consignment was to be handed over to a decoy. The police arrested two dealers, Munna Raj and Muni Lal Singh. Munna, brother of a notorious drug peddler of Rohtas-Kaimur region Rahman Mian, told the police that he was working for KalluMian and Bulaki Kahar. While Kallu is currently lodged in Sasaram jail, Kahar is on bail.

Interrogation revealed that the consignment was brought to Patna from Nepal and then supplied to other parts of the country, including Bengal, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. Manu Maharaaj said that the network of the drug peddles was very strong in Bihar. “We are trying to collect detailed information about the racket”, he said.

According to police sources, Bulaki Kaharhas had a meteoric climb in the drug world in the past decade. The 45-year-old Kahar stepped into drug trafficking as a part timer 2000. Soon he earned a fortune. His clout can be gauged from the fact that he Kahar was elected as ward councillor from Sasaram in 2006. However, his membership was terminated for remaining absent for long from the meeting of the ward councillors. Sources said that heroin worth Rs 3 crore was seized from Kahar’s house located at Kadirganj in Sasaram town. Kahar had managed to give a slip to the police. Six persons, including four women, had, however, been arrested. Two country-made pistols, Rs 50,000 in cash and lottery tickets worth Rs 15 lakh had been seized.

Rohtas SP Maharaj said that raids were on to arrest Choudhary, who managed to escape from the hotel room. “Instructions have also been issued to arrest Kahar, the drug mafia, at the earliest,” he said, adding that a special team had been constituted to hammer the narcotics racket. Sources in the state police headquarters said that the then Rohtas SP Khan had recommended strong action against an inspector, who was posted as the station house officer at Sasaram police station, for his alleged proximity with the drug mafia. However, no action was taken against the police inspector.

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