One caught under NDPS in Chandigarh after 32 years.
He is A 57-year-old man who was arrested over 32 years after he was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) in a drugs case, police said.
The accused, identified as Dharambir, alias Bhagwan Das, was booked in May 1985 under the OP Act (now Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act) and now he caught under NDPS.
According to the FIR, then assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jagir Singh of the crime branch had caught him carrying 1kg opium on the road dividing Sectors 14 and 25.
Later, Dharambir was found guilty and sentenced to one-year imprisonment and fined ₹1,000 by the district court in 1986.
However, after spending three months behind bars, Dharambir filed a petition against the conviction in the upper court, which granted him bail.
Later, the court rejected his appeal in May 1987, following which he remained an absconder.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Krishan Verma said: “The accused was produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody.”
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What is Opium
Opium (or poppy tears, scientific name: Lachryma papaveris) is dried latex obtained from the seed capsules of the opium poppy Papaver somniferum.
Approximately 12 percent of opium is made up of the analgesicalkaloidmorphine, which is processed chemically to produce heroin and other synthetic opioids for medicinal use and for illegal drug trade.
The latex also contains the closely related opiatescodeine and thebaine, and non-analgesic alkaloids such as papaverine and noscapine