Drug smuggler Shashi Dhar Sahnan named in the UK’s most wanted fugitives list  


British couple could face death penalty for attempting to smuggle drugs out of Pakistan. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images).
British couple could face death penalty for attempting to smuggle drugs out of Pakistan. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images).

THE UK officials have urged the public to help them to trace 11 most wanted fugitives, including an India born drug smuggler.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and the charity Crimestoppers have urged the public on Thursday (1) to help them to catch the last fugitives who have escaped justice.

The Indian origin drug smuggler Shashi Dhar Sahnan, 61, is accused of importing drugs into Britain 12 years ago.

According to an alert from the National Crime Agency’s (NCA), the South Asian origin is accused of importing heroin into the UK in 2007.

“Shashi Dhar Sahnan, aged 61, from Leicester. Accused of importing heroin into the UK in 2007. He was born in India, wears a hearing aid in his right ear, is approximately 5ft 7in tall and stocky,” NCA said in a statement.

“Suspected murderers, sex offenders and drugs traffickers are among just 11 fugitives left on the run in a campaign that has seen 84 offenders already caught across Europe.

“We have seen 84 fugitives returned to the UK out of 96 publicised cases. One case has been dropped.

“All of them have connections to Spain but may have moved around over the years and will be using false identities. We are re-releasing their details as millions of Brits are enjoying their summer holidays abroad”, NCA added.

The NCA works closely with Crimestoppers, the Spanish authorities, UK law enforcement agencies and the British Embassy in Madrid as part of the Operation Captura campaign.

Mark Hallas, Chief Executive at Crimestoppers charity, said: “Members of the public are one of our greatest weapons in the fight against crime. Once again we are asking the public to help track down most wanted individuals who are sought in connection with some violent, sexual and highly organised crimes.

“We’ve always had an overwhelming response to this campaign, to date 84 offenders have been caught across Europe.”

Among the most wanted, there are alleged money launderers, murderers, and sex offenders aged between 28 and 63 years.