The UT police claimed to have arrested four drug peddlers, including a state-level wrestler, for selling drugs in the city on Sunday.
According to the police, arrests were made in different raids conducted in the city by four teams following Punjab police crackdown of drug peddlers and apprehensions that they could shift their base to Chandigarh.
The accused, Chhinder Singh, a resident of Ferozepur district, was arrested on Saturday with 50gms of heroin. Singh is a former state-level wrester and Kabaddi player.
Another accused, Amarjit Singh of Amritsar, was arrested with 10gms of heroin on Saturday, while two more arrests were made on Sunday and Bachittar Singh and Harpreet Singh, both from Moga district in Punjab, were held with 50gms heroin. Also, 1.1kg Charas was found from Bachittar Singh's possession and 10gms heroine from Harpreet's possession.
The police said these drug peddlers were wanted in Punjab with several cases pending against them in the state. “During interrogation, the accused disclosed that after the strictness of Punjab police on sale of drugs, they shifted their base to Chandigarh to sell drugs to students of colleges and universities,” the police added.
Officials also claimed that during the interrogation, the accused disclosed the names of more drug peddlers from whom they procured drugs. Police are on the lookout for them and would soon conduct raids to nab them. The information of arrest, the police said, had been shared with their Punjab counterparts. The police have got a custody remand of Chhinder, while Amarjit was sent to judicial custody by a court.
Bachittar and Harpreet would be produced before court on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police arrested one Jagat Pal with 2kg poppy husk here on Sunday.
The police said Jagat, a resident of Madanjudi village of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from near the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 17 during a routine check.
The police registered a case under section 15 of the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Sector 17 police station and further investigations are on.