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Penury drove woman into drug trafficking

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

After the death of her husband and marriages of two daughters, 54-year-old entered the world of drugs for her livelihood and became the of an Assam-based narcotics gang, police said.

A resident of district in Assam, Banu was in the throes of a financial crisis when she came in contact with a from Manipur, who lured her into working for him, a senior police said.

Banu's husband died in 2014 after the marriages of their daughters. He was a labourer and had some land in his name, police said.

The daughters married in and were residing close to their mother's home, they said.

Initially, Banu started supplying drugs on her own but later formed a gang. She was the alleged of the gang which was busted on Tuesday, the said.

Besides Delhi, Banu's gang was supplying drugs in Bihar, Manipur, UP, Rajasthan, and parts of

During Tuesday's raid two other persons were also arrested and 44.5 kg heroin worth Rs 180 crore was seized from them.

In her statement, Banu said she used to procure crude heroin from a Manipur-based person who brought the stuff from

In her initial years in the racket, Banu came in contact with one Dhanji Gupta, a resident of Rohtash district in Bihar, and started supplying heroin to him.

Banu, with the help of Gupta and her other associates, used to process crude heroin into

Subsequently, she developed her own network for getting the heroin from and supplying it across the country.

When asked about her connection outside India, the said Banu used to supply majority of the drugs in but some Afghan and Nigerian nationals transported the contraband to various countries, including the UK, the USA, and

Another said the peddlers started procuring heroin from due to its fine quality and cheap rates.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:55 IST
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