MEERUT: A lawyer representing a member of an inter-district liquor smuggling gang was arrested after he was caught allegedly trying to pass on sedative pills hidden in the soles of his sandals to his client by exchanging footwear in Meerut jail.
Security in and around the prison complex has been beefed up, a senior jail official said on Friday. The official added that the incident happened on Thursday when the lawyer, Anuj Gupta, went to meet liquor smuggler Sajan aka Lukka in the prison.
An alert security guard, suspecting something fishy about the lawyer’s behaviour and his footwear, decided to check his pair of sandals and subsequently found a few dozens of intoxicating pills carefully placed inside it.
A team of cops from the Medical police station soon arrived and took the lawyer in custody. Station house officer (SHO) of Medical police station, Akhilesh Gaud, said, “An FIR has been registered against the lawyer, a resident of Meerut, under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, following a complaint by deputy jailor Rakesh Verma.
The accused has been arrested and further investigation is currently on.” Sajan has been lodged in Meerut district jail since October this year on charges of liquor smuggling.

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