Faridkot jail ex-official held in 2013 drug smuggling case

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot
  • Updated: Oct 03, 2015 14:43 IST

Former assistant superintendent of the Faridkot modern jail Karamjeet Singh Bhullar has been arrested for his alleged involvement in smuggling of drugs into the jail by an inmate from August 2012 to June 2013.

Bhullar is said to be currently posted at Mansa, senior police official here, however, did not confirm his present posting.

The police had booked Pargat Singh, a convict undergoing sentence in the jail, and his father Gurdev Singh, a resident of Deena Sahib village in Moga, after a probe report into the complaint on smuggling of drugs was forwarded by the DIG, Ferozepur range.

According to the FIR, Pargat Singh had been allegedly supplying drugs to inmates inside the jail while the payments were being received in his father Gurdev Singh’s account in a bank at Bhagta Bhai Ka town. The police had found that a sum of Rs 5.5 lakh was deposited in Gurdev Singh’s account from August 2012 to June 2013 through 50 entries.

Gurdev Singh had told the police that the amount was deposited in his account by relatives of inmates, who had bought the drug in the jail. The amounts were allegedly deposited in the account from many districts of Punjab besides Ganganagar in Rajasthan and Chandigarh.

The role of jail officials had came under the scanner in the case. After the probe, police have reportedly found Bhullar’s involvement. “We have arrested Bhullar. He has been remanded in police custody till Saturday,” said Faridkot senior superintendent of police Sukhminder Singh Mann. Pargat Singh, convicted in a drug case, was sentenced to 12-year imprisonment in 2009 and was lodged in the Faridkot jail.

Earlier in August 2014, the police had booked 12 persons, including seven criminals and five of their relatives, under the NDPS Act for their involvement in the smuggling of drugs into the jail.

Patiala jail warder held with drugs

Patiala: A warder posted at the central jail here was arrested with drugs during a search carried out by the jail staff on Friday. The accused has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh. Two pouches of smack, a 5-gram heroin pouch, besides opium and intoxicant powder, were recovered from him. Sources said the accused was selling these drugs to jail inmates. Jail officials have written to the Tripuri police station to register a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and start an investigation. The accused has also been suspended.

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