The Amritsar (rural) police on Saturday claimed to have unearthed a nexus in which Indo-Pakistan trade through Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch was used to make payment of drugs smuggled into India from across the border.
This emerged after interrogation of five persons, including a woman, the police arrested recently in this connection.
Addressing mediapersons here, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh said, “After we received inputs, we formed two teams. On July 20, Dilbagh Singh and Rashpal Singh were arrested with 50 gram and 40 gram heroin. We got a major breakthrough when we nabbed Kulwinder Singh and Reena, both Ferozepur residents, with 700 gram and 500 gram heroin on July 23.”
During interrogation, it came to light that they were into drug smuggling and also had links with smugglers across the fence. They sold the narcotic after getting the consignments from Pakistan, said the SSP.
The SSP said, “The payments were not made through bank but through a broker who was involved in Indo-Pak trade through the Poonch checkpost in J&K.”
“Then we arrested Naveen Bhatia, a broker, who worked in the local Majitha Mandi. It was found that Naveen, who exported some items to Pakistan through the border in J&K, received payments of exported goods from Indian smugglers who had received heroin from across the border.”
Naveen exported goods to a Pakistani trader, Rana Rashid. He had received around Rs 2 crore. He received money from Harjinder Singh, a smuggler from Daoke village. He had also received Rs 50 lakh from Kulwinder Singh, the SSP said. “Naveen Bhatia received money from Indian smugglers. In return, he sent goods to a Pakistani trader who gave it further to Pakistani smugglers,” the SSP said. “We are also probing whether any other trader is involved in this,” he said.