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Jan 26, 2009 at 09:27am IST

IPS officer arrested for possession of heroin

New Delhi: An IPS officer has been arrested for allegedly possessing heroin worth Rs 12 crore in the international market. IPS officer Shajji Mohan had the responsibility of making sure that narcotics and banned substances would not be peddled in his area.

However, Shajji himself was caught on Saturday, allegedly with 12 kgs of heroin by the Mumbai Police.

"We caught him with two other persons on January 17 in a car and seized heroin from them," said ATS Chief, Maharashtra, K P S Raghuvanshi.

Shajji is a 1995 batch IPS officer of the Jammu and Kashmire cadre. He had served as the zonal director of the narcotics control bureau in Chandigarh. He had recently served as a deputy director in Kochi

Meanwhile, two other persons were also arrested with Shajji. One of them , Rajesh Kumar is a former constable with the Haryana police. And the other Vivek Oberoi has no previous criminal record and is reportedly into prawn culture business.

Police say Shajji had siphoned off the heroin from seizures during his tenure in Chandigarh.

"When he was in Chandigarh he had collected about 30-35 kgs of heroin," said Raghuvanshi.

Heroin fetches Rs 1 crore per kilo in the international market - making the seized substance worth Rs 12 crore.