Drug bust: Police released man arrested with 92kg heroin

Published: November 17, 2013
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HInquiry found police took bribe to release main suspect. PHOTO: FILE

HInquiry found police took bribe to release main suspect. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Several policemen including a deputy superintendent (DSP) are being tried for allegedly protecting a heroin dealer and ‘losing’ dozens of kilos of the drug seized in a raid, The Express Tribune has learnt.

At the latest hearing of the case a few days ago, an additional district and sessions judge issued non-bailable arrest warrants for 36 witnesses for failing to turn up in court despite being issued several notices.

Charges were framed against the accused in the case in September, more than a year after a departmental inquiry conducted by DIG Mubasharullah was completed and declared the charges against the policemen to be substantive.

According to the inquiry, then Raiwind City SHO Mehmood Ali, acting outside his precinct, led a raid at a house on Wahdat Road in Muslim Town where they found 92kg of heroin and arrested Zarin Gul Khan. ASIs Ijaz Akhtar and Taufeeq Ahmed, Constables Zahoor Ahmed, Muhammad Ashfaq, Muhammad Asif, Shehzad Ahmed, Irfan Ahmed, Asghar Ali, Muhammad Imran, Farooq Ahmed and Muhammad Aslam and others also took part in the raid on the house, which was owned by Riffat Mehmood Ishtiaq and rented to Gul Khan.

Though the drug bust occurred in Muslim Town, the SHO wrote in the police record that the bust was made at a picket set up in Raiwind City police jurisdiction.

He wrote that the driver of the car, named Riffat Mehmood Ishtiaq, was arrested while another person who had been in the car managed to escape.

The SHO then handed over the investigation of the case to Inspector Hasnain Haider, who was in charge of investigations at Manga Mandi police station, rather than to the Raiwind City investigation officer. Further, the SHO retained control of the investigation behind the scenes.

According to the inquiry report, the policemen were bribed large sums of money to declare Zarin Gul Khan innocent in the investigation. The confiscated drug was kept at the SHO’s house rather than at the police station. Though 92kg of heroin in 552 packets had been seized, ASI Ijaz Akhtar and then Raiwind Circle DSP Muhammad Jahangir had claimed that just 92 packets had been seized.

The policemen also used Gul Khan’s car for personal work, rather than parking it in the police station. It was later handed over to Gul Khan on ‘sapurdari’.

In the police investigation report, Riffat Mehmood Ishtiaq was declared not to have been a part of the drug dealing business. He said in his statement that the drug dealers had threatened to kill him if he told on them to the police.

The inquiry by DIG Mubasharullah was completed in April 2012. DSP Jahangir was arrested in January 2013 and sent on judicial remand. He later obtained post-arrest bail. SHO Ali has left the country and been declared an absconder. Riffat Mehmood is in jail, while Gul Khan, for whom police do not have an address, has neither been arrested nor declared an absconder.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2013.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Nov 17, 2013 - 1:07AM

    Jeyo Pakistán..”’Pakistán Zindabad….this can happen only in Pakistán….

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  • Ali S
    Nov 17, 2013 - 1:41AM

    Any person who can afford to deliver 92 kgs of heroin in a single shipment can probably afford to buy out most of Pakistan’s customs in-charges, let alone the city policeRecommend

  • S.Nasir Mehdi
    Nov 17, 2013 - 2:07AM

    Spril2012 and now November 2013- where is speedy justice and the government

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  • Ali
    Nov 17, 2013 - 10:40AM

    If you expect this police to do any good, you are mistaken. These policemen should be hanged.

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  • Realist
    Nov 17, 2013 - 10:50AM

    Actually, this can and does happen all over the world. Many police departments in major American cities have for decades been quite corrupt (LAPD, for example), especially in cities where the drug trade is thriving… not to mention developing countries like India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc. It’s sad but hard to stop. A zero tolerance policy would help.Recommend

  • hummmm
    Nov 17, 2013 - 3:33PM

    So the drug peddler purchased the police officer, ASI, DIG, DSP, SHO, DPO, IG, ABC, witnesses, Lawyers, Judges and was still able to sell the 92 kg heroin in profit. Great business.
    Only one punishment can put an end to this menace.
    Capital punishment to the culprit and its abettors. Follow Islamic Law!Recommend

  • SHB
    Nov 17, 2013 - 10:43PM

    @hummmm:
    All these police officers are the most honest people’s . They should be given gold medals for their services to the drug business. They should be also given promotion. They should be made advisor both to the politicians and to Taliban. Al these officers should also be allotted plott for their services. They should be given free first class tickets to travel by PIA , any where in the country and also within Pakistan.
    They should be exempted from filing tax return for next fifty yrs or till they die which ever comes later. This is in lieu of their services to the Pakistani economy.
    If possible each of them should be given two cars with drivers. One for day use and second one for nite use.
    We should give city of Karachi to them and see how they can solve the problems over there.
    I have no doubt that they will show us how to be successful without killing anybody. We should not waste their talent. The earlier we give city of Karachi under their control, the better it will be. I hope MQM will not be against them.
    At the end I can safely say the police dept is the most honest and hard working dept.
    some how the other . People’s have misjudged this dept. Because we the people’s are uneducated and dumb. ( to be continued)
    I have to go and see a policeman for traffic violation. I hope he will help me.

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  • Zen
    Nov 17, 2013 - 11:05PM

    I think the DSP and other cops were right to release him. These guys must be commanded for exposing the third force (CIA/RAW/MOSSAD) and therefore set free. Guys, open your eyes. This third force is your card for ‘Get out of Jail’.

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  • ufaquarian
    Nov 21, 2013 - 7:44PM

    @SHB- The thing that you smoke is of great quality. Keep hooked to it.

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  • SHB
    Nov 21, 2013 - 10:52PM

    @ufaquarian:
    You missed the point completely. Read my comment again and try to read in between the lines. Use your white matter. If you still do not understand, ask your teacher or professor who helped you to graduate, if you graduated.
    May GOD give you the courage and strength to understand. Amen.

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  • ufaquarian
    Nov 21, 2013 - 11:51PM

    @SHB- I completely understand the point. But no need to go sarcastic , we have enough of our problems. Present solutions to help versus being cyncial.

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