The rented house of Emad Saif Mohammed,
29, at Syed Aliguda was raided by the Commissioner’s Task Force (South)
team on a tip-off that he was selling ‘khat’ leaves to nationals of
Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia living in the city.
leaves containing chemicals stimulating nerves and causing excitement
are categorised as narcotic substance and banned by the Indian
Their production, sale and consumption,
however, are legal in Yemen, Ethiopia and Somalia. Mohammed had come to
Hyderabad on student visa three years ago.
He was studying MBA in a private college located at Masab Tank.
Procured from Mumbai
He was procuring ‘khat’ leaves through an agent called Javed alias Ram of Mumbai.
Javed would send bundles of ‘khat’ leaves by flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad through his associate.
any airport authority questioned them about the leaves, they maintain
they are leafy vegetables from Yemen,” the Task Force officials said.
Mohammed would pay Rs. 400 per each bundle of leaves and sell it with a profit margin of Rs. 200.