Additional district and sessions judge Arun Kumar Singal, on Thursday, awarded 15 year jail to three Jalandhar residents convicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for transporting 3,432 kg of poppy husk in 2011.
Dismissing all pleas of leniency, the court awarded 15 year jail to Nirmal Singh who was, at time of arrest, was in first year of graduation, Kulwinder Singh, the driver of the truck from which such huge quantity of poppy husk was recovered, and Tirath Singh Cheema, the owner of the truck.
“Drug trafficking, trade and consumption have assumed alarming proportions … the court must endevour for a drug free society and drug trafficking must be dealt with heavy hands,” observed the court while imposing fine of 2 lakhs each on Nirmal and Kulwinder, though Tirath will have to pay a fine of 1 lakh.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), on the basis of a tip-off, had on March 2, 2011, had stopped a truck bearing Haryana registration number coming from Indore (Madhya Pradesh) at a checkpoint in Industrial Area, Chandigarh.
After a search of the truck, loaded with cabbage, NCB of ficials found 88 bags in the truck containing 39kg poppy husk each. Kulwinder and Nirmal arrested from the spot whereas Cheema was arrested later.
Kulwinder was driving the truck and it was on Cheema’s directions that the poppy husk was being transported from Indore in a vegetable-loaded truck.