In a major breakthrough, the Tarn Taran police have seized 12 kg heroin smuggled from Pakistan along with two Chinese made pistols by arresting two smugglers, identified as Bhajan Singh and Delhi-based "end-recipient" Raman Pandit.
Disclosing this here on Sunday, inspector general (IG-border range) Ishwar Chander said, "Information was received regarding a major heroin consignment being pushed by top Pakistani smuggler Akram Dayal from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) through the Jammu and Kashmir sector, transiting Punjab and destined for 'end-recipients' based in Delhi".
He said the following police operation by a special team, led by SSP Tarn Taran Rajjit Singh, resulted in interception of top smuggler Bhajan Singh who was carrying the consignment on a motorcycle on the outskirts of Tarn Taran on Saturday.
He revealed that three days prior to the recovery of the consignment in transit at Tarn Taran, Punjab Police parties were stationed in New Delhi to nab the "end-recipients" immediately upon interception of the consignment. The operation at New Delhi was undertaken under the supervision of PS Grewal, inspector general of police, India Reserve Battalions (IRB), who camped in New Delhi to supervise the operation.
The IG pointed out that Pakistani smuggler Akram Dayal was in touch with Bhajan Singh and Delhi-based "end-recipient" Raman Pandit, who were to establish telephonic contact on instructions from the Pakistani end to fix a point in Delhi for delivery of the consignment.
He said that after the smugglers fixed a point near Imperial cinema, Paharganj, New Delhi, for delivery, the pre-positioned Punjab Police party already in Delhi swung into action and covered the point, he added.
When Raman Pandit arrived at the fixed time and place, he was arrested by the Punjab Police and brought back to Punjab for further investigations.
The IG said the police recovered 12 kg heroin, 2 Chinese made .30 bore pistols with 2 magazines, 12 cartridges and a motorcycle. A case under section the NDPS Act and the Arms Act has been registered at city police station, Tarn Taran.
He said that investigations have revealed that the contraband was collected from near the border with PoK by one Gurjit Singh, who was deputed for this purpose by Bhajan Singh and the consignment was delivered to Bhajan Singh for transiting it to Raman Pandit.
Police parties have been dispatched for nabbing Gurjit Singh. Investigations have also revealed that Raman Pandit was in touch with Akram Dayal for the past five years.
The IG said, "This is the breaking of transit lines of the second major Pakistan drug cartel. The first cartel, comprising Lahore-based Kalu Chairman and Nasir, was pushing heroin from across the border from Jammu and Kashmir sector to Rajasthan. This cartel was neutralised with seizure of 27 kg heroin In transit from Pakistan to Rajasthan (via J&K) on June 27."