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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Truck-load of poppy husk seized

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mansa, October 26, 2013
First Published: 19:02 IST(26/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:03 IST(26/10/2013)

Police seized 56 quintals of poppy husk being carried in 252 bags in a truck at a link road joining Haryana to the district on Saturday.

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A car that was allegedly escorting the drug consignment has also been impounded.

The police had a tip-off and was waiting for the consignment after setting up a barrier.

After Saturday's seizure, the police claim to have seized 252 quintals of poppy husk and have arrested eight smugglers.

The police had also recovered 60 quintals of poppy husk, two months ago in Budhlada, after nabbing two smugglers.

A central link in all these recoveries done by the police has been that the drug, mostly poppy husk, has been seized from the state of Madhya Pradesh, which has had an bumper crop this year.

A number of women belonging to Madhya Pradesh have also been arrested with quantities of poppy husk. They used to carry the contraband via train and supply it to their handlers here.

On Saturday, the seized poppy husk was being brought from Ratlam in MP.

The three accused have been identified has Ravinder Singh Lakkha, Raj Kumar Raju and Sonu Singh of Jagraon in Ludhiana.

Police claimed that the accused had managed to cross all the borders of Rajasthan and Haryana, but were caught at the district's borders.

Mansa SSP Narinder Bhargava said, "It was not an easy task to counter the smugglers. However, my police force stuck to its task and we have had some successful operations. Poppy husk can be sold on licence in MP, but is banned in Punjab. Smugglers buy it at Rs. 800 a quintal and sell it at Rs. 1,200 per quintal. The poppy husk is being supplied in other districts of punjab through the routes that touches the borders of other states. Five women, including four from MP, have been arrested. The accused have been booked under Sections 15/25/61/85 of the NDPS Act."
 
Modus Operandi

Poppy husk is supplied through link roads of Punjab- Haryana instead of main roads to escape from the police. A car carrying few bags of poppy husk escorts the truck and clear its way. In case, a police barrier is seen, the attention of police is diverted to the car, while the truck carrying the huge quantity escapes. The bags of poppy husk are carried in a truck under the cover of bags, purportedly carrying fodder.
 
PAST INCIDENTS

October 25: 56-quintal poppy husk recovered; three arrested
October 15: 100-quintals poppy husk recovered; two held
October 10: Three arrested with 96-quintal poppy husk

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