The police have arrested the alleged kingpin of the drug mafia along with five others, including two head constables, with heroin worth Rs 6.25 crore.
Addressing the media, Kapurthala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh said kingpin Ravi Kumar alias Bau, a resident of Mehtabgarh, had previous criminal record and was on the wanted list.
"He is a big fish of the narcotics mafia active in the area in connivance with two head constables of Punjab Police - Joginder Singh Lalli (no. 1436), who was posted at police lines, and Phumman Singh (no. 1064), posted at city police station," said Inderbir.
"Both head constables were helping Ravi in transit of drugs and also giving him leads about police movements," the SSP said. "At check points, they used to sit in the front seat of the vehicle and get checking of vehicles waived by showing their police identity."
"We also have information that the two head constables approached the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kharar, where we had sent seized samples of drugs for reports in an already registered case, to obtain negative results," said Inderbir.
"The two men were absent from duty for the last two to three days," he said. "They were caught with the accused at a check-post on Monday morning carrying contraband with them."
The others arrested are Prabhjot Singh of Cheema Bath (Beas) village; Daiya Singh, a resident of Mehtabgarh and Jindro, a resident of Gore village. They were carrying drugs in two cars.
"We have seized 1.05kg of heroin," the SSP added. "The two head constables have been suspended with immediate effect and proceedings to dismiss them initiated. All the accused have been booked under different sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act."