Time spent behind bars seems to have failed to have any salutary effect on convicted drug peddler Prem Singh (48) of Narangwal village since he has again been arrested on charge of possessing 330 kg poppy husk.
Police have registered a case against Prem Singh and four of his alleged accomplices.
The drug peddler was serving 12-year jail term and came out on parole for a few days a month ago. Police alleged that Singh got involved in peddling of psychotropic substances again after coming out from jail.
Dehlon police arrested him on Saturday after seizure of 330 kg poppy husk packed in 11 sacks, while his four accomplices fled the spot.
Those who fled were identified as Charanjit Singh alias Channi alias Bittu of Talwandi Chaudhriyan village in Mehatpur area of Jalandhar, Karnail Singh alias Kaili of Boote Diyan Challa village in Mehatpur, Atar Singh of Mallanwal village in Makhu area of Ferozepur and Darshan Singh alias Satnam Singh of Talwandi Nobad village in Jagraon.
According to sub-inspector Amandeep Singh, police arrested the accused from Aasi Kalan village near a canal. The accused had dumped the sacks in pits near the canal for selling it among addicts in the area. Police conducted a raid following a tip-off and arrested Prem Singh, while others escaped under cover of darkness.
The police official said a manhunt had been launched to arrest the absconding accused.