On the day the Border Security Force director general visited Punjab and praised the border guards for checking the smuggling of heroin, 17-kg on the drug was seized in the state.
The State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) of Punjab on Thursday arrested three people, including an assistant security officer at Sri Guru Ram Das International Airport here, on a charge of keeping 14-kilogram heroin. The security officer, Simratpal Singh, is from Ranjit Avenue here. Hargobind Singh of Loharka Road and Surjit Singh of Airport Road are the other accused. The case was registered at the SSOC police station. Based on a secret input, deputy superintendent of police Ashok Kumar and inspector Harwinderpal Singh had led the teams that arrested the accused from the B-Block Market in Ranjit Avenue, where they had gathered allegedly to strike a deal for the drug.
"We caught Simratpal Singh from a car. The other two got into another car and tried to run police over. We fired in defence but they were able to escape. After a hunt in Amritsar, Batala, Gurdaspur and Pathankot, they were caught," said the DSP. "They had concealed 7-kilogram heroin in a modified gas tank in the car boot. The squad that tracked Hargobind Singh and Surjit Singh to Taragarh, searched their vehicle with the help of Pathankot police and found another 7-kg heroin," the officer added.
A separate case was registered at Taragarh in Pathankot district. Hargobind Singh and Surjit Singh have history of drug smuggling. The arrest of airport assistant security officer Simratpal Singh led to the finding that the gang smuggled drugs to the US and Europe. The heroin was pushed into India probably from the border.