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8-quintal poppy husk seized; 2 held

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, July 07, 2013
First Published: 23:25 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 23:27 IST(7/7/2013)

The Bathinda Counter-Intelligence has recovered 8.4-quintal poppy husk and arrested two inter-state smugglers.

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The CI officials arrested Jaswant Singh and Boota Singh of Ludhiana during an operation carried out on the Bathinda-Malout road. The search for the third accused Deepu Singh of Jagraon is on.

The poppy husk was hidden under vegetable bags and was being brought in a truck.

Counter-intelligence IG Jatindra Jain said, "The accused confessed to be involved in smuggling for four years. AIG Ajay Maluja nabbed the accused."

The IG said, "The accused had hidden 21 bags of poppy husk under the bags of vegetables. The accused bought the poppy husk from Rajasthan for Rs. 400 per kg and were to sell it in Punjab for Rs. 1,300 per kg. They have been booked under the NDPS Act. A number of cases have already been registered against accused Jaswant Singh under various sections of the IPC and he has also been convicted in these cases," said Jain.

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