Additional district and sessions judge Shalini S Nagpal on Thursday awarded 11-year jail to two people, including a dismissed constable of the Punjab Police, for possessing 1-kg heroin.
"Drug trafficking, trade and consumption has assumed alarming proportions… the court must endeavour for a drug-free society and drug trafficking must be dealt with heavy hands," observed the court while awarding the jail term to convicts Balkar Singh, a dismissed constable of the Punjab Police, and Parwinder Singh, a resident of Beas, Amritsar. The court imposed a fine of `2 lakh on Balkar and `1 lakh on Parwinder.
Apart from the recovery, Balkar's statement wherein he admitted to regularly supplying narcotics became the basis of conviction.
On June 4, 2011, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had arrested Balkar and Parwinder for possessing 1-kg heroin worth nearly `1 crore in the international market.
The NCB claimed that the accused were coming from Jalandhar in a Punjab Roadways bus and the consignment was packed in a black bag. It was to be delivered to two customers in Chandigarh. The customers, however, escaped.
The bureau had said the consignment had come from Afghanistan and the arrests were made following mobile surveillance.
"The NCB had not complied to the laid down rules under the NDPS Act while arresting the accused while other loopholes in the prosecution theory pointed by us were not taken into consideration by the court while deciding the case," said defence counsel Inderjeet Bassi.