INDIA. MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR DRUG PEDDLING
August 29, 2008: in only the second case of its kind in Ahmedabad state, a man was sentenced to death by a Nadiad fast track court. The convict, Anwar Shaikh Baig alias Raju Male, 30, a resident of Ahmedabad, was sentenced to death.
According to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials, Baig was nabbed by seluths in July 2003 with a consignment of 40 kgs of charas when he was crossing Gujarat border near Balasinore. It was not his first offence.
'Baig and his accomplice were arrested for trafficking 8 kgs of charas in November 1999. He was booked and sent to prison for ten years. However, he jumped his parole and started trafficking charas,' said Ayushmani Tiwari, zonal director of NCB. Hidayat Khan Pathan and Gani Mohammed Shaikh, his accomplices, were awarded ten years' imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine. (Sources: Times of India, 31/08/2008)