Special Operation Cell sleuths of Punjab police aided by Border Security Force (BSF) men busted a trans-border smugglers module, taking into custody three of its members and seizing 11 kg heroin along with counterfeit Indian currency with a face value of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.25 genuine Indian currency from them.
Besides a .9 mm Italian-made Breta pistol along with 38 cartridges and Pakistani mobile phone were also seized from their possession. The worth of the seized heroin in the international market is whopping Rs 55 crore.
Briefing the media here on Tuesday, Special Operation Cell AIG S Bhoopathi said that a police party headed by Inspector Harvinder Pal Singh on a tip-off apprehended three persons on Ram Tirath road on the city outskirts on Monday night.
A search of accused Dilbagh Singh alias Bagga and Bikramjit Singh alias Bikker, both of Kakkar village, and Gurpartap Sngh alias Prince of Chehharta led to seizure of one kg heroin, Rs 5 lakh in fake currency notes in 500 rupees denomination and the pistol along with eight cartridges.
The AIG said that on their sustained interrogation, the three revealed that a major consignment of heroin smuggled from Pakistan a few days ago had been concealed by them close to the border near Kakkar village in Amritsar district.
The BSF was thereafter contacted and in a joint operation on Tuesday morning, another 10 packets of heroin along with 30 cartridges, a Pakistani mobile phone and Rs 2.25 lakh in genuine Indian currency were dug up from a field. The consignment had been wrapped in a plastic sheet.
The AIG said that the trio has been arrested under NDPS Act and Arms Act and under Sections 489 and 420-B of the IPC. Further interrogation of the three was expected to yield more information, he added.