Nepali killed in Indonesia was a ‘drug dealer’

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 3:

The Nepal Police today said that Man Singh Ghale, who was shot dead by Indonesian police on April 17, had been smuggling drugs into Australia.

However, they had no information on whether Ghale, who hailed from the district of Dhading, had any links with the nine Australians arrested in Bali on the same day on suspicion of smuggling heroin.

The Australians were arrested with 8.65 kilogramme of heroin when Indonesian police, acting on a tip off from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), raided Denpasar airport and Kuta Hotel on April 17.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ghale, described by authorities as a major Asian drug supplier, was shot dead after apparently being cornered by Indonesian police in Jakarta last week.

Superintendent of Police Hemanta Malla said he was sure Ghale was smuggling heroin into Australia.

“We have information he was supplying heroin to Australians, to Australia,” Malla was quoted by the ABC news online as saying.

“We came to know he was ferrying heroin from Indonesia to Australia, but we don’t know whom he was supplying to in Indonesia.”

However, the superintendent of police further said he had no evidence about Ghale’s links to the nine Australians.

According to the Australian Federal Police, it is still awaiting the outcome of Indonesian investigations into a possible link.

ABC news online quoted sources at the Indonesian police as saying that tests comparing the heroin found on Ghale with that found on the Australian suspects have not been completed, and no evidence directly linking Ghale to the nine has been found so far.

Indonesian authorities say Ghale was shot dead after resisting arrest, although some witnesses have reportedly contradicted the police version.

Ghale was jailed in Jakarta in November 2004. He managed to escape after two days.