Police arrest ‘dead’ opium peddler in Madhya Pradesh

In a major embarrassment for the Madhya Pradesh Police, an opium peddler, who they claimed had been killed in an encounter in Neemuch three years ago, was arrested in Ujjain on Tuesday.

The arrest of Banshi Gurjar, 32, came after another drug peddler Ghanshyam Dhakad tipped-off the police that he was not dead. Ironically, Dhakad had tried to fake his own death last year with Banshi's help.

The police had claimed on February 8, 2009, that they shot Banshi near Gandhisagar.

While pretending to be dead, Banshi acquired a voter identity card under the name of Shiva Gurjar — his own brother, who had gone missing three years ago. He then continued to deal in contraband.

Dhakad, who was arrested in September, stunned the police by revealing Banshi's plan to help Dhakad fake his death. The duo allegedly killed a mentally challenged person and fobbed off the death as a hit-and-run case. IG (Ujjain) Upendra Jain said the police were almost sure of the mentally challenged person's identity but were yet ascertain who was killed in the 'encounter'.

The police, which closed all cases against the duo, now plans to reopen them.

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