In yet another major recovery of drugs, the Patiala police claimed to have seized 15kg of opium and arrested two Rajasthan-based smugglers on Sunday evening.
In a separate case, the police seized more than 40,000 habit-forming intoxicating capsules from the Punjab-Haryana border near Sambhu on Sunday. Senior superintendent of police Hardial Singh Mann told mediapersons on Monday that the Ghagga police had laid a checkpost near the Bras road and intercepted a car bearing the Rajasthan registration number.
While checking the vehicle, the police seized 15kg of opium. The accused have been identified as Sagar Ram and Vajindera, both residents of Khetri village in Jhunjhun district at Rajasthan.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused have been indulging in drug smuggling for the past three years and had bought opium from a person identified as Narain of Rajasthan for ` 40,000 per kg. They were to supply it in areas of Patiala at `80,000 per kg."
In another case, the Shambhu police have seized more than 40,000 intoxicating capsules from a person identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Hambaran village, Mann said.
Kuldeep, who was a smuggler, had bought the capsules from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and had planned to sell in Ludhiana and its peripheral areas.
Apart from this, the police also busted a gang of transformer thieves involved in around 60 cases of thefts at different places across the state.
The police seized 120 kg of copper and other equipment from their possession.