Udaipur : The Anti-Corruption Bureau team from Kota on Tuesday took opium smuggler Chhagan Jat on 10-days remand. Chhagan who was lodged in the Chittorgarh jail in relation to the much hyped narcotics bureau graft case, was arrested on a production warrant on Monday and produced before the ACB court in Udaipur on Tuesday morning which gave him to ACB custody. ” The accused was the important link between the opium smugglers and narcotics department employees who minted money through manipulating records on opium crop uprooting, damage and other intricacies related to the tedious process of cultivation” Thakur ChandraSheel, ASP- ACB Kota told Udaipur Kiran. ” This is another case of organized curruption wherein narcotics department staff, opium cultivators and suppliers were involved in promoting illegal cultivation of opium in lieu of money” he said.
Following a tip off, the ACB Sleuths had monitored movements of superintendent of narcotics bureau, Chittorgarh Sudhir Yadav, sub inspector Bhanu Pratap Singh and head constable Praveen Singh along with two middlemen, Chhagan and Kishan, who were found to be involved in corrupt practices. All the five persons were arrested earlier this month. Unaccounted cash running into lakhs, unlicensed arms and illegal liquor were discovered in the raids. ” One hundred and thirty kilogram opium was found from Chhagan’s home and around 25-30kgs were found from his lady friend’s house, which is an enormous quantity. Call interceptions of Chhagan and Yadav gave serious indications of an alignment and now during the remand period we will try to dig in more details how the nexus functioned” Thakur said. Primary investigations reveal that the employees fabricated government records on crop damage. They connived with the cultivators and suppliers in the destruction process of the crop remains.