Jalandhar, February 8-vikas moudgil- Continuing its war against drug lords in Punjab, Counter Intelligence Wing Jalandhar and Kapurthala Police busted an inter-state drug racket and arrested six drug peddlers besides recovered a big consignment of poppy husk hidden in a truck and jeep from village Rampur Jagir in Sultanpur Lodhi of Kapurthala.
The arrested accused have been identified as kingpin Harmesh Singh alias Kala (35) village Madar, (he was out on parole of 42-days in old case), Joginder Singh(47) of village Lalle, Makhu, Harjinder Singh(45)
of village Wariswala Jattan in Ferozepur, Sukha Singh (26), Jagjit Singh (32) of Village Daulewal in Moga and Veer Singh (35) of Abohar in Fazilka.
In a press release, AIG Counter Intelligence Jalandhar Mr Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said that the activities of drug smugglers were being closely monitored the wing and got the information that three big fishes of poppy husk smuggling racket have teamed up together and now they are pushing a huge quantity of poppy husk from Madhya Pradesh to Punjab.
Mr Khakh said wing received a tip-off that the trio smuggled a huge consignment of poppy husk from Madhya Pradesh based smugglers in a truck (PB-05-AK-3427) and a Mahindra Pickup Jeep (PB03-AA-7450) and they were going to supply the contraband among other linkups of Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Moga districts.
He said that he shared the same information immediately Kapurthala SSP Mr Satinder Singh and joint teams of Counter Intelligence wing Jalandhar and Police Station Sultanpur Lodhi were set up and moved to arrest the smugglers and capture the consignment.
“Following the instructions, the joint police party while patrolling on village Tashpur to Rampur Jagir village road, successfully intercepted the vehicles of smugglers and detained the loaded truck and Mahindra pick up jeep along with smugglers and consignment”, AIG added.
“A total of 14.70 Quintal poppy husk was seized by the police team and a case under section 15-29-61-85 NDPS Act at PS Sultanpur Lodhi was registered against six of them”, he told.
AIG Mr HPS Khakh further explained that each time, these smugglers opted a new modus operandi to hide the consignment and in order to subdue to the adore of poppy husk, they covered the entire consignment under 125 bags of black chickpeas (Channa) 200 bags of Channa dal and 274 bags of Channa Chilka (Cattle Feed).
“Preliminary Interrogation of the arrested accused persons revealed that to earn easy money, they were smuggling poppy husk from Madhya Pradesh for a long time and many cases are lodged against them in various police stations”, said Mr Khakh.