With the arrest of Uttar Pradesh drug smuggler Mumtaz Mohammad on Tuesday, the Punjab police claimed that the seizure of heroin in the last five days had gone up to 25.5 kg, with the total quantity crossing 300 kg.
The police claimed to have recovered 1.5 kg heroin from Mohammad.
According to Punjab police, the investigations have revealed that Bachhu Mian of Rampur, the UP-based kingpin, was the "end recipient" of an important heroin trafficking chain starting from Afghanistan to Pakistan, crossing the international border in Jammu and Kashmir/Punjab, transiting through Punjab and Delhi and ending in Uttar Pradesh where it is supplied to the distribution network.
Disclosing this here, counter-intelligence IG Gaurav Yadav said Bachhu Mian was an affluent and well-connected Rampur-based recipient of narcotics. Mumtaz Mohammad is the second associate of Bachhu Mian arrested after Vinod Kumar alias Lucky, resident of Sukhiabad village in Hoshiarpur district. He used to collect heroin consignments from their Punjab associates in a canter with fake Haryana registration number HR-03CA 2225. Elaborate arrangements had been made in the vehicle to avoid detection of heroin during transportation and the consignment was hidden in a cavity inside a mustard seed grinder.
Investigations have revealed that Bachhu Mian has also been using Afghan couriers for transporting heroin consignments hidden in capsules.
He said the State Special Operations Cell had earlier exposed a supply chain starting from Pakistan smuggler Abid Ali, use of Pak couriers Rashid Ahmed and Shaukat Ali, transit smugglers Sukhraj Singh and Balraj Singh, and "end recipient" Avinash Pandit of Delhi, who were then arrested.