The Patiala police on Wednesday claimed to have broken a nexus of drug supply chain with the arrest of two drug suppliers, including a constable of Punjab Home Guard (PHG) posted inside the Nabha jail, who supplied drugs to the jail inmates.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the accused used to supply heroin at a rate Rs 10,000 per gram inside the jail. The SSP added that during the investigation it was revealed that constable Jarnail Singh, a resident of Ramgarh village in Nabha, used to earn Rs 1,000 per gram as commission for delivering the drugs in the jail.
The SSP said, “During the investigation, it has come to fore that the accused, Jarnail Singh, serving with the Punjab Home Guard and posted at Nabha jail, used to supply drugs to the jail inmates.”
He added that there was a middle-man in the jail who used yo purchase the drugs from Jarnail and further sell them to the inmates. The SSP, however, but refused to reveal the name of the middle man.
Apart from Jarnail Singh, the other accused arrested has been identified as Kuldeep Singh, a car mechanic and a resident of Satoj village in Sangrur.
Chauhan said the police arrested them following a tip off that they were together travelling in a car. He added that the police recovered 80 gram of heroin from their possession.
During the interrogation, accused Kuldeep Singh divulged that they were into smuggling since the past six months and earlier had delivered one consignment to the inmates. He said that he met constable Jarnail Singh around six months back and befriended him to deliver the drugs to the jail inmates. Jarnail Singh was guarding the tower of the Nabha jail when they had delivered the first packet of 100 gram heroin inside the jail.
The SSP said the police were investigating the matter further to break the supply chain of the drugs in Punjab. He said now the trend of drugs supply was being channelised from Delhi to Punjab.
The SSP said the police would interrogate some jail inmates to break the chain of drugs supply inside the jail. He added that the police were procuring the call details of the accused to verify the involvement of the other persons in the jail.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case against both the accused under relevant sections of the NDPS Act.