Acting on a tip-off, the Amritsar city police on Thursday arrested property dealers Balwinder Singh of Bal Fukra village and Ripudaman Singh of Preet Vihar for possessing 1-kg heroin. Police said the accused worked for a drug dealer having links with smugglers in Pakistan.
Police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said that the accused were accomplices of Balwinder Singh of Hawelian village in Tarn Taran, who, along with his cousin Kala, also a resident of Hawelian, used to smuggle the contraband from Pakistan and supply it in different cities across the state.
"The police had received information that the accused were about to receive a consignment of heroin from Pakistan. A police party led by Sadar SHO inspector Joga Singh raided accused's shop on Ajnala Road and recovered 500-gram heroin each from Ripudaman Singh and Balwinder Singh," he said.
"The accused have confessed that they had been supplying heroin purchased from Balwinder Singh and Kala for the past two years and had till date sold nearly 10-kg of the contraband among addicts after purchasing it from Balwinder Singh and Kala," said the police commissioner.
He said that Balwinder Singh of Hawelian and Kala too had been named as accused in the case and raids were on to arrest them. "A case under sections 21, 29, 61, 85 NDPS Act has been registered against the accused in this regard," he said. Aulakh said that making the city drug-free was his priority. "The police were taking strict measures to deal with the drug menace in the city," he said.
Meanwhile, in another case, the police arrested two persons for possessing intoxicant powder. Manjit Singh alias Gurdial Singh of Meerankot Chowk was arrested while he was carrying 600-gram narcotic powder. Pankaj of Meerankot Kalan was arrested for possessing 500-gram narcotic powder. A case under sections 21, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them at Chheharta police station.
'Attacks on tourists serious issue; CCTV cameras need of hour'
Terming the recent incidents of attacks on tourists as serious, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said that installing CCTV cameras was definitely the need of the hour to curb such incidents. He said that a survey was being conducted in the city to identify spots where CCTV cameras were required. Responding to a query about a survey conducted three years ago during which 55 locations had been identified, Aulakh said that the survey being undertaken at present intended to verify extended locations.