The district police have booked 12 people, including seven inmates of the modern jail here for allegedly involved in the supply of drugs inside the jail.
The seven inmates of the jail are facing trial or convicted in other cases, while the five people are those who had got bank accounts opened to get the money deposited in them for the drugs supplied.
The police have registered a case against them under different sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act on the complaint of Balbir Singh, superintendent of police (headquarters), Faridkot, the head of the special investigation team, which cracked the alleged smuggling of the drugs inside the jail.
“The sources had disclosed that some of the prisoners in the jail were running a drugs business on a large scale in connivance with some employees of the jail,” read the police complaint.
“The inmates, involved in the crime, had got bank accounts opened in the name of their relatives or friends in some banks in different cities to get the money deposited to get the supply of drugs inside the jail,” said inspector Lakhvir Singh, investigating officer in the case.
Four of the inmates have been identified as Vikramjeet Singh, Hargobind Sodhi, Harjinder Singh and Binder Singh.
A total of 7 accounts, 4 in Amritsar, 1 each at Abohar, Jalalabad and Muktsar have come under the police scanner. “Transactions from across the state have been made in these accounts,” said Lakhvir Singh.
The sources said that the accused would supply the drugs to jail inmates as per their demand after the money was deposited into the accounts by the relatives of drug-addict prisoners. “One of the accused, Rakesh Kumar from Faridkot, who is now also facing a trial under the NDPS Act registered against him a few months ago, helped transport the drugs inside the jail,” the police said.
“Before his arrest, he used to run a tea stall near the jail and drugs used to be allegedly supplied to him by some people and he transported them in a vehicle used to transport vegetables inside the jail,” sources said.