The police claimed to have nabbed a notorious drug smuggler who used a riverine route between Ferozepur and Tarn Taran for smuggling the contraband.
Giving details, Gurpreet Singh Toor, newly-appointed SSP of this border district, said they had got a tip-off that Swaran Singh, a native of Arif Kee village under local Sadar police, was involved in the illegal business of drug smuggling. During a raid, police recovered 150gm and 180 of drug powder at two instances. The accused was booked for heroin smuggling earlier also.
Meanwhile, the police have registered 112 cases under the NDPS Act and arrested 141 people in the last 12 days. They have recovered 3.6-kg white powder, 321-gm heroin, 10-gm smack, 170-gm ‘charas’, 39.5-kg poppy husk, 250-gm opium and intoxicants.
On interrogation, Sarwan Singh said he had installed cameras in and around his house and police would avoid conducting raids, said the SSP. He also used to file frivolous litigation against police officers who were active against drug trafficking so as to demoralise and dissuade them from taking action against him, the SSP charged.
Sarwan Singh used the location of the village near the river’s catchment area to his advantage to smuggle drugs between Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts. Sarwan had a close network across the border and was exploiting his links to further his drug trade, added the SSP.
Meanwhile, the officer said one of the drug peddlers who was nabbed with heroin, Sajjan Kumar, a resident of Moga, was a third-year engineering student.