Khaira aide in police net for drug smuggling

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2015 13:38 IST

The Fazilka police claim to have busted a trans-border heroin smuggling gang with the arrest of eight persons, including its mastermind Gurdev Singh Bholath, former chairman of the Dhilwan market committee, and an associate of Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

Khaira said it was yet another attempt by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur and director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini to tarnish his political image by levelling false allegations. "I will debunk these allegations before the media on Tuesday in Chandigarh," he said.

The police claimed it seized 2-kg heroin, 2 Pakistani sim cards, a mobile phone, 24 gold biscuits (333 gm), two small arms and a Tata Safari from the accused. The case was registered at the Jalalabad police station on March 5.

The police said Gurdev and Khaira have spoken over phone to each other on 78 occasions in past 11 months. Sensing that the police had become aware of his activities, Gurdev switched off his phone (98144-00050) on February 28.

However, he remained in touch with Khaira through his personal security officer (PSO) Joga Singh. Gurdev spoke to Khaira six times (from February 28 to March 4) from his driver Manjit Singh’s mobile phone (84276-05084) on Khaira’s PSO Joga Singh’s mobile phone (9464778839). Gurdev’s sister, who is in the UK, also contacted Khaira several times in the past few days, the police said.

During investigations, Gurdev revealed that his sister said Khaira would help him and she gave him the mobile phone number of Khaira’s PSO. The police claimed that Khaira requested DIG, Ferozepur range, and IGP, Bathinda zone, on March 4 to help Gurdev.

Gurdev’s friend Manjit Singh, who spent six years in the UK before being deported to India in 2005, introduced one Major Singh to him who had links with Pakistan-based drug lord Imtiaz Ali, alias, Kala. Knowing that Kala could slip in contraband through the Jalalabad-Fazilka sector, Gurdev started direct communication with him.

The IGP, Bathinda zone, has constituted a SIT to probe the case.

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