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Drug haul: NRI kept under medical supervision

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, March 14, 2013
First Published: 22:24 IST(14/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:16 IST(14/3/2013)

A medical board of three doctors conducted the medical examination of NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon, who was arrested with a large cache of heroin, late on Wednesday evening.

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Following the orders of a local court, a medical board was constituted, which conducted the medical examination of the accused.

It may be mentioned that Kahlon's lawyer requested the court to get him medically examined, alleging police torture. As per the lawyer, his client had not attempted suicide, and the injuries to his body were inflicted by the police.

After hearing the defence counsel, the judge had ordered Kahlon's medical examination and a copy of the medico-legal report to be submitted to the court of the area magistrate.

One of the doctors on medical board said that Kahlon did not say a single word regarding torture by the police. He said there were no serious injuries on Kahlon's body.

The NRI was medical attention even on Thursday; the local police is getting his medically examination on a daily basis. On Thursday, he had complained of a stomachache. He stayed for nearly two hours at the hospital, as the doctor was busy with a surgery. He was taken to hospital amid tight security.

Later, Kahlon was also taken to the Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for, as a police official claimed, providing better treatment.

Police sources also claimed that the department had recovered 1.3-kg narcotics from the houses of Kuldeep Singh and Sandeep Singh. Source said that during police interrogation Kuldeep and Sandeep had told the police that they had hidden 700-gm and 600-gm narcotics at their houses, respectively.

In yet another related development, the Mandi Gobindgarh police arrested CP Yadav, a resident of Habbowal, Ludhiana, for having links with the other suspects -- Sunil Katyal, Manpreet Singh Money and Gabbar Singh. Yadav hails from Uttar Pardesh.

Sources said that during interrogation, Money and Gabbar had told the police that Sunil Katyal, a resident of Ludhiana, who was employed at a Ludhiana-based pharmaceutical unit, had been assigned the task of verifying and testing the drug samples.

CP Yadav worked as a lab technician at the laboratory of the pharma unit.

After expiry of police remand, Manpreet and Gabbar were presented at an Amloh court, along with Yadav. All the suspects were further remanded to police custody till March 18.

Meanwhile, a senior police official said the police were still conducting raids to nab Jagdish Singh Bhola, the kingpin of the gang.

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