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Drug trafficking racket busted, three held with 3-kg heroin

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  BATHINDA, April 11, 2014
First Published: 19:32 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:34 IST(11/4/2014)

The counter-intelligence wing of the Punjab police, on Friday, claimed to have busted an international drug trafficking racket by arresting three drug peddlers and recovering 3-kg heroin from them.

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The contraband, worth `15 crore in the international market, was seized from Ranjodh Singh of Khemkaran  in Tarn Taran district, Kuldip Singh and Satpal Singh of Mamdot in Ferozepur district.

Inspector General of Police (counter-intelligence) Jatinder Kumar Jain, on Friday, said that the contraband was part of the heroin consignment of which 2-kg was recovered by BSF on the intervening night of April 9-10 in the Ferozepur sector.

The accused were in touch with Pakistani drug peddlers through England-based Gurbej Singh, who is brother-in-law of arrested accused Satpal Singh. Gurbej was in touch with Pakistani drug peddlers. Gurbej was using the bank account of his wife Harjit Kaur for providing finance to the accused.

He said that two of the packets thrown by Pakistani smugglers had got stuck in the wires mounted on the border and were recovered by the BSF whereas three arrested accused had escaped with three packets on motorcycles after BSF personnel had opened fire. They were nabbed by the police team in Mamdot.

Jain said that the accused, during interrogation, have accepted of having smuggled 50 such packs of heroin into India in the past one year and used to receive contraband at the India-Pakistan border in Taran Tarn, Fazilka, Amritsar and Ferozepur districts. 

He said that police would interrogate the accused to know about their involvement in drug peddling from across the international border.

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