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Gujarat Court sends Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi to 14-days Police Custody

Gujarat Court sends Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi to 14-days Police Custody

A magistrate's court in Gujarat sent gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who was brought to Kutch by the state ATS on transit remand, to 14-day police custody in connection with a case of cross-border smuggling of drugs. A Delhi court on Monday granted the transit remand of Bishnoi, who was lodged in Tihar jail, to the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad. After getting his custody, the ATS team reached Kutch on Tuesday and produced Bishnoi before the magistrate.

The Magistrate branch of AM Shukla, sent Bishnoi to 14-day police custody as requested by the ATS to find out his possible role in the smuggling of heroin through the sea route.

The ATS wants to question the gangster about his possible links in connection with the seizure of 40 kg of heroin worth more than Rs 200 crore from a Pakistani fishing boat in the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast in September last year.

On September 14 last year, the Gujarat ATS in a joint operation with the Indian Coast Guard intercepted a Pakistani fishing boat mid-sea near Jakhau harbour in Kutch district and seized 40 kg of heroin worth more than Rs 200 crore.

Six Pakistani nationals on board the boat, named 'Al Tayyasa', were also arrested at that time. Subsequent investigations revealed the heroin was meant to be transported to northern states like Delhi and Punjab by road with the help of two Delhi residents - Sartaj Malik and Jaggi Singh alias Virpal Singh - who was supposed to receive the contraband. They were arrested later on.

The Gujarat police had also said the drugs were being smuggled as part of a racket run by two traffickers, including a Nigerian, currently lodged in jails in Punjab.

The questioning of the eight accused revealed that drug traffickers Meeraz Rehmani and Ani Chief Obinna alias Chief (who is a Nigerian) were running the racket while sitting in jail. Rehmani was lodged at a jail in Kapurthala and Obinna in Amritsar jail. It is alleged that both of them were working at the behest of Bishnoi.

In the 2021 Morbi drug seizure case, Gujarat police had also found the role of Bharat Bhushan alias Bhola Shooter, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, who was allegedly running the drug network from a Punjab jail. Bhushan died in jail recently.

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