MCOCA invoked, old-timer ‘Drug Czar’ Sharafat Sheikh arrested

PS Hazrat Nizamuddin, South-East District   

Delhi News Live.Com (Sufi)

MCOCA invoked, old-timer ‘Drug Czar’ Sharafat Sheikh arrested

Booked under NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances), long time jail bird, inside for drug peddling, once a chronic headache for men in khaki. Sharafat Sheikh’s arrest was a prize catch for the district police. Sheikh 53 has been infamous for running drug cartels. Decades ago, he started this ‘business’ from scratch and reached the dizzy heights of this segment of trade. His arrest came with one of his associates Pappu alias Kana from the area of Hazrat Nizamuddin.

MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act 1999) was invoked when his drug syndicate reared its ugly head and his empire expanded across the city capital. He became one of a kind and started trading drugs around and across the city.
The police have recovered stolen bikes and mobile phones more than a dozen in number.

Acting on a rip-off, a team led by SHO Hzt. Nizamuddin Inspector Satender Mohan comprising SI Anuj Kadian, SI Ashok Kumar, ASI Ashok Kumar, HC Akhilesh and and constable Hansraj was constituted under the supervision of Birjinder Singh, ACP sub-division Lajpat Nagar. Pickets in the area were fortified and patrolling was stepped up.

On January 25, during checking of vehicles at Barapulla Flyover Picket at about 8:30 PM, one person was seen coming on a scooty from the Mathura Road side and was going towards Nizamuddin Railway Station. He was stopped for checking and was asked to produce ownership documents of the scooty.

The rider could not produce any document and kept on making one excuse or the other. On verification , the said scooty was found stolen from the area of PS Mandawali. On enquiry, the rider was identified as Piyush Verma and was arrested and the stolen scooty was seized.

When Piyush was interrogated, he disclosed that he completed BCA from JIIMS, Rohini but he became addicted to drugs and liquor and in order to meet his needs, he started stealing motorcycles and mobiles phones from the area of Nizamuddin and the railway station. The accused further stated that he used to sell the stolen articles to one Pappu.
At his instance, the receiver Pappu aka Kana aka Tabrez was arrested from the basti of Hazrat Nizamuddin.

“When we bagan to interrogate Pappu he said that he had been working for the notorious Sharafat Sheikh who bought these stolen bikes and used them in peddling drugs, the peddlers could ditch or abandon the bikes and flee the scene sensing danger.” DCP south-east Chinmoy Biswal said.

At the instance of Pappu and after all detailed and relevant information, the accused Sharafat Sheikh was duly arrestet.
The police last week arrested one
close aide of Sharafat Sheikh, Sheikh Hannan with illegal arms (country made pistol) from Hazrat Nizamuddin. He was also booked with Sharafat under MCOCA in 2005.

Sharafat Sheikh has a long string of cases, more than 35 including MCOCA, NSA, NDPS Act and Riot.
“Sharafat Sheikh is involved in 37 criminal cases including NSA and MCOCA. From a street hawker to a scrap dealer, then graduating to a drug lord to finally to the receiver of stolen properties.

He is a history sheeter of PS Hazrat Nizamuddin and surveillance was kept on the movement of the accused. He was in judicial custody since June 2006 on charges of MCOCA being part of an organized crime syndicate and has recently been released from the jail. Soon after his release, he activated his criminal activities and started receiving stolen properties from the drug addicts at throwaway prices and giving these vehicles to the drug peddlers so that they can leave the vehicles in case of any apprehension of arrest by the police.” Biswal concluded briefing the press.

Further investigation of the case is underway.

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