A father-son industrialist duo from Karnal wanted by Punjab police in an illegal drugs case are allegedly being shielded by some senior Haryana politicians.
Known for their clout in Haryana’s political and bureaucratic circles, accused Prithi Singh and his son Pradipt Chaudhary belong to one of the leading business families in Karnal district in Haryana.
On October 7 and 8, Patiala police had recovered banned synthetic drugs worth Rs 100 crore from two pharmaceutical units owned by the accused in Karnal.
Five persons from other states have already been arrested in this case, but Singh and his son have been evading arrest.
“We have specific intelligence inputs that the accused through their relatives and other links are in constant touch with senior politicians of Haryana to protect them from the police action,” said Bikramjit Singh, Patiala police, who is the investigating officer in the case.
“But we are on the job and hope to arrest the two soon.”
The officer refused to name the politicians who were allegedly shielding the accused.
But he hinted that the accused might have established contact with some leaders in Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.
“We have clear instructions from the higher-ups to arrest the accused, as Punjab has a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs. The accused were not only involved in the illegal manufacture of drugs but played a key role in supplying banned narcotics in various states,” said the investigating officer.
He said police had conducted several raids to nab the accused and sent information to their family in Karnal, but the father-son duo had been in hiding since October 7.
He said after arrest warrants for the two were issued, the accused had not even applied for bail.
“Our teams are trying to probe the financial statements of the accused to get clues as to who could have pumped the money into the illegal drugs supply,” the officer said.
He said the second arrest warrant would lapse on November 17. Patiala police will then approach the court to have the accused declared proclaimed offenders.