Police have recovered 6-kg of heroin, valued at `30 crore in the international market, following interrogation of an inmate of Amritsar central jail, Kuldeep Singh alias Heera, near his village in Tarn Taran.
The trail of ongoing investigation into a case in which 22-kg heroin was recovered from four persons on April 26, led the State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) of the police to the central jail from where a smuggling racket is being run by inmates having links with Pakistani smugglers.
SSOC officials zeroed in on jail inmate Kuldeep Singh alias Heera, a resident of Marri Kamboki village in TarnTaran district, whose name figured in the interrogation of the arrested smugglers.
The officials said that the accused was taken on production warrants and at his disclosure, 6-kg heroin was recovered near his village.
SSOC assistant inspector general (AIG) Manmohan Singh said that Kuldeep Singh was lodged in the jail in connection with a case pertaining to recovery of heroin, registered in 2013. "His interrogation led to the recovery of the contraband which he had kept concealed at a secluded place near his village," said the AIG. He added that a fresh case under sections 21, 29/61/85 of NDPS Act has been registered against Heera at SSOC police station.
Manmohan Singh said that the preliminary questioning of the accused has revealed that he is in touch with Pakistan-based heroin smugglers and some notorious Indian smugglers since 2012. "The recovered consignment of heroin was retrieved by Heera and his associates in August 2013 from Ferozpur sector, but he was unable to dispose it off as some members of gang were arrested by the police," the AIG maintained.
He said that the accused would be produced in court where a police remand will be sought to question him thoroughly. "The exact place from where the consignment was pushed into the Indian territory is being identified. More arrests are likely in this regard in the days to come," he added.