20 kg Ganja Seized From Man Who Travelled To Pune With E-Pass For Attending Death Rituals Of Relative

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Mehab Qureshi

Pimpri Chinchwad, August 17, 2020: Inter-district travel is restricted in Maharashtra state to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). For emergencies, citizens can travel after getting an e-pass from the police. However, it has come to light that the same e-pass has been used to smuggle Cannabis (ganja).

A 26-year old man was arrested on August 13 by Pimpri Chinchwad police for allegedly possessing 20.5 kg Cannabis. Police have seized the Cannabis, a four-wheeler, amount worth Rs 10.15 lakh from his possession.

Police have identified the accused as Allahbaksh Nazir Shaikh, a resident of Mahatma Gandhi Road, Latur. He was travelling from Latur to Pimpri-Chinchwad in a four-wheeler and had an e-pass to travel.

Assistant Sub Inspector Shakir Jinedi and Rajan Mahadik of the anti-narcotics cell had received a tip-off and accordingly a trap was laid at Wakad, Dange Chowk and Chinchwad. The accused was caught in Walhekarwadi in the wee hours of August 13. He had hidden the Cannabis under the back seat.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Sudhir Hiremath, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rajaram Patil supervised the police team which included  Senior Police Inspector Rajkumar Shinde, Sub-inspector Prashant Mahale and police personnel Shakir Jinedi, Rajan Mahadik, Shakur Tamboli, Rajendra Bamble, Police personnel Sandeep Patil Dinesh, Bhujbal, Santosh Dighe, Prasad Jangilwad, Ajit Kute, Prasad Kalate, Dada Dhas, Shailesh Magar and Santosh Bhalerao.