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Drug-smuggling racket busted, 6 including lady controller held

Press Trust of India  |  Jodhpur 

An illicit drug-smuggling network was busted here and six persons, including a woman believed to be controlling it, were arrested, police said today.

When the police intercepted a luxury car carrying poppy husk on Tuesday, they had no clue that the trail would lead to a woman controller of the gang.

On Wednesday, when the investigation led them to a swanky house in a posh colony, belonging to Sumita Bishnoi (37), who had been controlling the illicit trade with the help of a high-tech GPS system from a room in the house, members of the police team were taken aback by her "lavish" lifestyle.

"Even Bishnoi could not believe that the police had managed to reach her. She was so confident of the fool-proof mechanism of her control over the trade that her first reaction was to ask us how did we reach her," said ACP Rajpurohit.

The police have arrested Bishnoi and five of her accomplices from the house and seized three vehicles, while a hunt was on to nab the kingpin of the racket, Rajuram Iram, he added.

An automatic currency note counting machine, a vacuum cleaner, used for cleaning the vehicles post delivery of consignments, and loads of documents have also been seized, said the ACP.

According to the police, Bishnoi and her husband came to Jodhpur from their village around 10 years back. The couple used to stay in a rented house at Sangaria, in the suburbs.

Soon, she came into contact with Iram, who was a drugs and liquor smuggler.

"Gradually, they developed a rapport and she became Iram's partner in smuggling, ignoring her husband who subsequently left for Chennai for some work," the police said.

She mastered the tricks of the trade and emerged as the controller of the entire network with the help of technology after some of the gang members were arrested.

The trade network was spread over parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and Bishnoi used to plan everything, from delivery of consignments to selecting gang members, logistics, arranging for SIM cards and vehicles, "professionally" with the help of Iram.

"We have been interrogating her and we hope to make a bigger breakthrough soon," said DCP (West) Sameer Singh.

He also ruled out the possibility that such a huge network could be run without the help or involvement of some policemen or officials.

Bishnoi was living in the house with her two sons and father-in-law.

Both her sons study in a prominent school of Jodhpur.

She had also registered a construction company in the name of one of her sons to adjust the money earned from smuggling.

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First Published: Fri, October 14 2016. 22:42 IST