Students of Delhi varsities in drug net

Police arrest DU JNU Amity students on charges of drug trafficking

The arrested students are from Delhi University (DU), Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) and Amity University of the Delhi-NCR area.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Delhi has apprehended four students of different universities, recovering around 1140 grams of cannabis and other LSD blot papers from their possession, the NCB said here on Saturday.

The arrested include Gaurav Kumar (23) - the son of undersecretary at the ministry of fertilizer and a B.A. Economics (hons) student at Hindu College - who, according to NCB officials, was the kingpin of the racket.

The other two students who have been arrested are Sam Mallick, a JNU student pursuing MA in Physics, and Anirud Mathur, an MBA graduate doing his specialisation in Hospitality Management at Amity University. The NCB said the students were both addicts and suppliers of drugs. They received a tip-off that LSD blotters were to be shipped through a courier to Jaipur for the New Year celebrations. Kumar has been an active peddler, supplying drugs to students around North Campus area. Acting on the information, the team reached the courier office in Vijay Nagar and seized the consignment. The arrested students have been identified as Anirudh Mathur, Tenzin Phunchog, Sam Mallick and Gaurav Kumar.

NCB Delhi unit, in a focused approach, began developing intelligence inputs regarding drug peddling in the campus areas of these institutions. "One of the Hindu College students, the main accused, was found to be arranging the drugs, another was an accomplice, and the rest were "drug abusers", said Jha.

NCB Deputy Director General (north) SK Jha said, "The four during questioning revealed that drug abuse is rampant in Delhi University campus". "They also gave us information about drug peddlers and others involved in the racket, which is being verified" Jha added.

Calling the operation one of the major crackdowns on drugs in Delhi colleges in the recent past, NCB director-general Rina Mitra said the agency was committed to check narcotics abuse by students as part of its larger mandate to eradicate the menace.

The anti-narcotics agency said Kumar, along with Mathur and Phunchog, went to Himachal Pradesh on December 24 and put up in a home stay run by Neelchand.

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