Police seized 240 bags of poppy husk (96 quintals worth Rs 1.9 crore), from a stationary truck near Trident Complex at Dhaula village, Barnala, on Thursday.
However, in a bizarre sequence of events, both Mansa and Barnala police claimed credit.
Later in the day, after several phone calls between senior officials and the field staff, Mansa police was officially given the credit.
The truck, bearing registration PB-11Q-8602, was parked near a factory gate since Wednesday.
Barnala police had initially claimed that its officers led by DSP Harpal Singh and CIA Incharge Baljit Singh Cheema were the first to reach the spot and made arrests.
Satnam Singh, resident of Wazidke village and Soni, resident of Barnala and Gurvinder alias Harvinder, resident of Daudhar, were arrested.
At the same time, Mansa police led by SP Kuldeep Sharma also reached the spot and claimed to have made the arrest.
Later, the truck was towed with a crane to Joga police station in Mansa, where a case has been registered.
Later, it was claimed that the case was solved in a joint operation by the police of the two districts, even as a separate press note was issued by the Mansa police, which claimed that the truck was signaled to stop and when it did not, a chase was made, resulting in the arrests. However, there was no explanation to the that the truck had to be towed away later on.