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Jan 28, 2009 at 01:26pm IST

ATS to probe Pak link to cop's drug network

New Delhi: The recent arrest of IPS officer Saji Mohan for alleged possession of heroin came as a shock for the police force. Saji, who had earned himself a name as an anti-narcotics crusader, was caught with almost 12 kg of heroin on Saturday.

The Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which arrested Saji, says that he was dealing with a Kashmiri drug dealer. They also suspect that the drugs seized from him may have come from Pakistan.

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“He got the consignment from Jammu so there has to be a cross-border connection. Drugs seized have a Pakistan marking,” says Deputy Chief Mumbai ATS, Paramveer Singh.

Saji's arrest has put the spotlight on the Narcotics Control Bureau, of which he was the zonal director in Chandigarh for nearly two years.

The NCB, in a damage-control mode, is now assisting the Mumbai ATS in this case. It raided Saji's office and examined drugs seized from Saji's home in Mumbai.

Saji's junior officers in the force are also under the scanner.

“We are verifying facts. We are also in touch with the Mumbai Police,” says IG Chandigarh, Shanti Kumar Jain.

The NCB has decided to review all drug-related cases handled by Saji. A key task is to check if Saji had siphoned off drugs from seizures he had made.

“We are verifying both the records as well as the stocks. We are also looking at the various angles of the case,” says Deputy Director NCB, Ish Sharma.

During his tenure, Sajji had blown the whistle on many policemen, allegedly involved with drug dealers. In fact a report submitted by him last year had implicated six cops, who were later suspended. Now, even these men are demanding justice.

Saji’s arrest has fuelled speculation that more top police officials may be involved in the drug racket. Another question that is being raised is that why Saji had suddenly opted for a transfer to Enforcement Directorate in Kochi in December last year.

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