The rural police have arrested four persons and recovered 30 kg opium and 3,000 kg of poppy husk from their possession in two separate incidents, which they were smuggling into Punjab from Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh respectively.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, senior superintendent of police (rural) Yurinder Singh Hayer said that Subodh Mahato (32) and Babita Devi (40), both residents of Jharkhand, were arrested with opium, while Baljinder Singh (26) of Phillaur and Kundan Singh (48) of Nawanshahr have been nabbed with the poppy husk.
Hayer said during interrogation the opium peddlers revealed that they received the contraband from Amit Kumar, the owner of Meera Enterprises in Jamshedpur in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, that manufactures auto parts.
Both had brought the contraband by train. Based on an input, police nabbed them near Bhogpur railway station. Mahato works in the same factory, while Babita was assured a job in the factory by the owner. The recovered substance has a market value of Rs 60 lakh. The two had been assured commission for the job.
"A police party will be sent to Jharkhand to bring the factory owner, Amit Kumar, to Jalandhar to interrogate him and the process for the same has already been initiated," said Hayer.
In the second incident, Baljinder and Kundan were arrested near Kartarpur while they were travelling in a truck. Having got a secret information, a police party checked the vehicle and seized poppy husk stacked in in as many as 100 bags.
"Some people were tailing the truck in a silver Mahindra Scorpio car. But as soon as the police team stopped the truck, the Scorpio sped away," said Hayer.
The accused during interrogation revealed that they had got the consignment from a place in Madhya Pradesh (MP). The truck had gone there carrying knitting yarn from an industry in Punjab.
Police didn't disclose the place in MP from where the contraband was loaded in the truck, saying it could hamper the investigations.