Long alluring the Indian smugglers with money, Pakistan-based drug lords now are offering them free firearms as well to keep the trade going.
On Monday when they seized 3-kilogram heroin worth Rs 15 crore and arrested an Indian national in this connection, the local police also claimed to have found a sophisticated small arm with two magazines and cartridges on accused Rachpal Singh. During a press conference after the arrest, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said the 0.30-bore pistol was a gift to the smuggler from Pakistani mafia “either for protection or as incentive”.
The police had a secret input that Rachpal Singh and another man named Sunny had received heroin from across the border to carry it outside Punjab; and would meet near the local Sakkatari Bagh. “We caught Rachpal Singh from the spot. Both Sunny and he are from Tarn Taran district,” said Aulakh.
Claiming that Rachpal Singh had a history of drug smuggling, Aulakh told the media that in 2013, three cases had been registered against him in Tarn Taran district; and that he had accepted in initial interrogation that the weapon had come with the drug shipment from Pakistan.
A case under the Arms Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered and a hunt for Sunny is on.