3 of 4 students held for drug supply get bail to sit for exams

  • | Wednesday | 29th November, 2023

Noida: A local court on Tuesday granted interim bail to three of the four Amity University students who were among nine suspects arrested a day before for allegedly supplying marijuana, cocaine and MDMA to colleges, hostels and PGs across the district. Police said the judge agreed to the bail appeal on the grounds that the students had to appear for university exams, which began on November 28.A senior police officer said they will challenge the interim bail as the reason given by the accused was an excuse. We will find out the students exam schedule and produce it before the court to get the bail cancelled, the officer said.The court agreed to release law student Aditya Kumar (21), and MBA students Apoorv Saxena (28) and Sagar Bajaj (21) on bail till December 1 after they agreed to submit personal bonds of Rs 30,000 each and two sureties of the same amount. The judicial magistrate found that the substance recovered from these accused is of small quantity, and applicants are students who are ready to provide sureties, a police statement said.The three have to surrender before the court on Friday. Darshan Jain (21), also a law student at Amity, is still in judicial custody along with the other five accused. They are lodged in Luksar jail. An Amity University spokesperson said the administration was confirming the identities of the four students. Once identified, they will be suspended and other suitable disciplinary action will be taken as per university norms after an inquiry, the spokesperson said. On Monday, a police patrol spotted Aditya and Darshan allegedly smoking marijuana near the campus and took them into custody. Searches at their PG rooms led cops to a stash of drugs and others allegedly involved in the racket—Akshay Kumar (32, Ghaziabad), Rajan Singh (20, Delhi), Satendra Srivastava and Anit Som (22, Noida) and Narendra Kumar (28, Rajasthan).Police said they took orders through Snapchat, Telegram and WhatsApp, and used bike taxi riders to deliver the drugs. They would deliver the drugs in leftover packaging of e-commerce firms such as Amazon and Flipkart, cops said.After their arrests, 15kg of marijuana, 30g of cocaine, 20g of MDMA, 150g of hash, 65g of California weed was seized from the accuseds possession.Police said that Akshay, the main accused, was an MA student from CCS University in Meerut and was running a garment business in Delhi. He had been smuggling California weed from Taiwan for over a year. He has revealed two other peoples names with whom he was doing business. They are on the run, the police officer said.The students, according to the officer, initially got in touch with Akshay and Narendra to buy drugs for themselves, and later joined the racket.The students worked on a 50% profit sharing deal. They would collect the packets from fixed points in Delhi or Ghaziabad to sell the drugs onwards, he said.

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