Candian NRI convicted
to ship the drugs to Canada.
Chandigarh, July 16, 2006
Col. M. Randhawa
NRI Canadian resident Devinder Singh, Ajay Malik, son of Advocate
Bahal Singh Malik, resident of Sector 18, Chandigarh and Ling
Raj from Orissa. were arrested three ago for possessing 43 kg
of charas and 38 kg opium, cost of which in the international
market was around 12 million dollars. The punishment will be pronounced
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Drug dealers convicted after 3 years
Express News Service
Chandigarh, July 15: NEARLY three years after they were arrested
on charges of possessing a massive contraband of narcotics, the
Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ) S.K. Aggarwal today
convicted Ajay Malik, Devinder Singh and Ling Raj.
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Monday.
The trio were arrested on December 14, 2003, when
the UT Police stumbled upon a huge narcotics haul when they flagged
down a Lancer at the Sector 20-21 lightpoint.
The haul comprised 43 kg of charas and 38 kg opium, cost
of which in the international market was around Rs 50 crore.
A country-made revolver was also seized.
The charas was found in two plastic bags and one cardboard box
along the road berms.
The modus operandi of the accused was to use small plastic boxes
filled with the drug further packed in the big cardboard box. Spices
and herbals were also used in the plastic, cardboard and plastic
bags to eliminate the smell of the drug.
The accused were: Ajay Malik, son of Advocate Bahal Singh Malik,
resident of Sector 18; Canada-based NRI Devinder Singh and Ling
Raj from Orissa. From the preliminary investigations it was found
that the three were planning to ship the drugs to Canada.
It was further found out that Anil (34), who used to run a factory
in Dera Bassi, went to Canada where he met Devinder Singh, in the
store where he worked and they came upon the plan to smuggle drugs.
Singh was a financier and a freelance journalist. The two also
roped in Ajays employee, Ling Raj.
The three used to get drugs from Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab
for about Rs 1 lakh per kg for charas and Rs 45,000 a kg for opium.
The three had taken a house in Sector 22-C for collecting and packaging
The narcotics were to be transported to sea ports in Goa and Mumbai
from where these were to be shipped abroad, the police officials
had held at the time of arrest.