BANGALORE: Six persons were arrested and opium and heroin worth over Rs 57 lakh was recovered from them by a police team which had kept watch on drug peddlers near Russell Market, on Wednesday evening.
Police said the special team, under inspector P Sakri, was acting on a tip-off. They found the gang selling the narcotics to college-goers around 5pm.
“The kingpin of the gang, a native of Bihar, escaped. Another dealer, Mohammed Warif, 24, from Chhattisgarh, was nabbed. Five other persons are from the city and their antecedents are being checked,” a police officer said.
A lookout has been sounded across the country to nab the kingpin from Bihar, whose identity has been kept under wraps for security reasons, police said.
Police are tracing the origin of the narcotics. “We suspect the drugs originate from Pakistan. They may have entered the country through the porous India-Nepal border,” said a police officer.