The police seized 1.5 kg of charas from a car and arrested car owner Rakesh Kumar of Kolpur village in Rakkar tehsil of Kangra district on Thursday. The driver of the car, however, managed to escape.
Superintendent of police Khushal Sharma said a naka was put up at Charara village for routine checking. Around 11.15am, a car stopped some distance away on spotting the policemen. The driver reportedly ran away, leaving the car owner behind. The police searched the vehicle and recovered the contraband from a bag which was in the possession of Kumar.
The SP said the accused later identified his accomplice as constable Narinder Kumar of the Kangra police, who till recently was on traffic duty in Jwalamukhi and was recently transferred to the Kangra police lines. The SP said the Kangra police had informed that the constable was currently absent from duty.
Sharma said as the recovered material was more than 1 kg, the offence was not bailable. The car used in the crime had been impounded, said the SP, adding that the vehicle was using a Press sticker. He added that Kumar ran a dhaba near his home and detailed investigation would reveal the modus operandi and network of drug distributors.