Pregnant and new mothers used as medium in drug trafficking

PARSA: Criminals dealing in narcotics have been found using pregnant women and new mothers in the process of trafficking drugs from Nepal to India.

This was revealed after police here arrested and interrogated a mother of an eight-month-old baby with 10.5 kilogrammes of hashish from Rajat Jayanti Chok in Birgunj recently.

On the basis of their investigation, police arrested Apsana Khatun, the mother of the eight-month-old baby, Rehana Khatun, and Jahur Alam. Alam, a resident of Motihar in Bihar, India, is the narcotics dealer.

They were presented before the media at a news conference organised by the District Police Office, Parsa here on Wednesday.

On the occasion, Ganesh Regmi, Superintendent of Police at Parsa District Police Office said that the criminals dealing in narcotics use pregnant and new mothers in trafficking the drugs from Nepal to India, thinking that the security personnel at the border will not carry out a body search on these women.

It was also found from the investigation that the narcotics dealers pay between Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,500 to these women for smuggling out the narcotics to India. Mostly, the criminals purchase the narcotic drugs in Hetauda of Makwanpur district, it is stated.

At the news conference, the Parsa Police also paraded two youths who were arrested for their involvement in smuggling banned injectable drugs. They have been identified as Rohan Khadka of Anantalingeshwar Municipality, Bhaktapur and Dipendra Khatri of Hetauda Sub-metropolitan City-13, Makawanpur.