In a major success against drugs traffickers, the counter-intelligence wing of police on Wednesday recovered 55kg opium and arrested three people in this connection. The contraband was being transported in a cavity, which was created in the diesel tank of the truck especially for this purpose.
Inspector general of police (IGP), counter-intelligence, Jatinder Kumar Jain told mediapersons that the three accused have been identified as Raj Kumar, Dalwinder Singh and Bittu Singh, residents of Rampura near here.
"The kingpin, Raj Kumar, was into the smuggling of drugs for many years. First case against him for drug trafficking was registered in 1976 and he had been convicted in connection of supply opium in many cases," said Jain. Raj Kumar was out on bail.
The banned substance was being smuggled into the state from Bhilwara in Rajasthan in a truck (RJ-31-G-5018) and had entered Punjab after crossing Rajasthan and Haryana. Based on an input, a police party recovered the banned substance on Dabwali road at a place under Sangat police station.
Jain said the accused during the interrogation revealed that they had brought four consignments of opium to the state this year and had supplied about 150kg opium till now. The gang kingpin was sentenced for 12 years in prison after 75kg opium was recovered from him in 1985 and was awarded 10-year jail in connection with recovery of 20kg opium in Sardulgarh, Mansa district. Besides, opium weighing 19kg, 18kg and 1kg twice was recovered from him in different cases and he was sentenced for one year.
During interrogation, two other accused revealed that they were looking after drug trafficking when Raj Kumar was in jail.
Jain said since opium was of topmost quality, the accused would have prepared drug of much more quantity, which might had value over `1 crore in market.