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710gm smack seized, former sarpanch among 9 arrested in Sunam

The accused collect smack from Delhi at Rs 250 per gram and sell it for Rs 700 per gram in areas around Sunam, Sangrur and Mansa.

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2017 11:36 IST
Avtar Singh
The accused in police custody in Sunam on Thursday.
The accused in police custody in Sunam on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Police have arrested nine persons in a drug smuggling case from Sunam on Thursday. They were allegedly owners of an under-construction bungalow and Bolero cars that were recovered with ‘Proud to be Akali’ stickers pasted on them.

The three alleged smugglers are already facing charges under different Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), one among the accused held is a former sarpanch. They have now been booked under Section 21/61/85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Following a tip-off, cops raided a colony near Truck Union Sunam on Wednesday at around 10.30pm and nabbed nine persons who were allegedly smugglers, consumers and sellers of smack. They tried to fled the spot but police arrested them and recovered 710gm smack and three vehicles, two Bolero cars and a Swift Dzire car from their possession, said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu.

Gurmail Singh, 45, of Jakhal; Kuldeep Singh alias Bittu, 28, of Dhuri; and Mani Singh, 19, of Sunam, have been termed as smugglers. While, Gurpal Singh, 23; Balkar Singh, 25; Kulbir Singh, 23 of Sunam; Bhupinder Singh alias Leelu, 26, of Kot Dharmu Mansa; Bhagwant Singh, 40 of Patran Patiala; and Mithu Singh, 45, Dhindian village in Dirba, were accused of being consumers as well as sellers. Mithu is a former sarpach of Dhindian village.

“It is for the first time that the police have arrested smugglers and consumers in such large numbers, with drugs. Smugglers, Gurmail and Bittu, are relatives and have built a bungalow in a short while in Sunam, which raised suspicion of them being involved in supplying drugs,” said Sidhu.

“As per initial information, the accused collected the smack from Delhi at Rs 250 per gram and delivered it at Rs 700 per gram in areas around Sunam, Sangrur and Mansa. According to accused, their daily income was Rs 35, 000 to Rs 40,000. We are investigating as to who their main supplier was and how they were running this racket,” added the SSP.

Police sources said that the property and political affiliation of smugglers will be part of investigation and police officials, who were deployed in the area, may have to face probe as the gang was active from the past one-and-half year in Sunam.

“They have earned a lot in the past and have accumulated a lot of property. We will write to the finance ministry to seize their bungalow,” said the Sangrur SSP.

Meanwhile, the accused were produced in the court and were sent to two-day police remand.