Drug racket being operated from Kapurthala jail busted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2014 10:24 IST

The Salem Tabri police claimed to have busted a drug racket being run from Kapurthala Jail with the arrest of one person. The police have recovered 500-gm heroin with a market value of Rs 5 crore from the accused.

Additional deputy commissioner of the police (ADCP), city1, Amrik Singh Pawar, said the Salem Tabri police arrested a man, identified as Penta, from Jalandhar Bypass following a tip-off on Sunday. The accused was coming towards Ludhiana from Jalandhar side on a motorcycle. The accused belonged to Khaira village of Phillaur.

The ADCP said that the accused told to the police that he worked for Des Raj alias Vicky of Bhattiyan Village of Phillaur who was lodged in Kapurthala jail. Des Raj was arrested in November 2012 by the Kartarpur police for drug peddling.

As per Penta’s statement to the police, Des Raj still operated a drug module from the jail. Penta told the police that Des Raj would direct him to deliver drug consignments through phone and he used to get Rs 20,000 for each consignment.

The police have got the phone numbers being used by Des Raj.

The ADCP said the police have booked Des Raj too in the case and would get him on
production warrant from Kapurthala jail.


In another case, the antinarcotics and anti-illicit liquor smuggling wing has arrested Harnek Singh alias DC (33) of Mattewal village of Tarn Taran on Sunday for possessing 500-gm heroin. The police arrested the accused from near civil hospital. The accused was crossing through the area on a motorcycle. A case under section 22, 61 and 85 of NDPS has been registered against the accused at Division 2 police station in this context.

ADCP (crime) Manjit Singh Dhesi said that police were proactively trying to bust drug rackets.

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