NEW DELHI, April 17 - The Delhi police on Sunday arrested the alleged kingpin of an inter-state drug cartel, Nazir Hussain alias Nizamuddin, who hails from Assam and was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 against his name.
The 45-year-old was quizzed by the Special Cell of Delhi police after five drug traffickers were arrested and 69 kg of high grade opium worth crores of rupees recovered from their possession.
Nizamuddin used to collect opium and heroin from various small cultivators in the Northeast and supply them to middlemen across Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-NCR through his carriers, using trucks and other heavy vehicles to avoid detection by law enforcing agencies, sources said.
He was declared a proclaimed offender by a Delhi court as he evaded arrest when the police team had gone to Assam and its neighbouring states looking for him.
After months of investigation, information was received that he would be reaching Delhi by a train from Guwahati on April 14 and alight at the Anand Vihar railway station in east Delhi on Sunday.
Special cell sleuths arrested him after interrogating him on the spot. He allegedly disclosed during interrogation that illegal farming of opium is rampant in states like Manipur, Assam and Nagaland and they have become a major source of opium and heroin to Punjab via UP and Delhi-NCR, police sources told newsmen.