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Penury drove woman into drug trafficking

After the death of her husband and marriages of two daughters, 54-year-old Shamuta Banu entered the world of drugs for her livelihood and became the kingpin of an Assam-based narcotics gang, police said. A resident of Nagaon district in Assam, Banu was in the throes of a financial crisis when she came in contact with a drug dealer from Manipur, who lured her into working for him, a senior police officer said. Banu s husband died in 2014 after the marriages of their daughters. He was a labourer and had some land in his name, police said. The daughters married in Assam and were residing close to their mother s home, they said. Initially, Banu started supplying drugs on her own but later formed a gang. She was the alleged kingpin of the gang which was busted on Tuesday, the officer said. Besides Delhi, Banu s gang was supplying drugs in Bihar, Manipur, UP, Rajasthan, West Bengal and parts of north India. During Tuesday s raid two other persons were also arrested and 44.5 kg heroin worth .

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