Even as the local police administration is running a special anti-drug drive at Daulewala village under Dharamkot sub-division, 20 km from here, which is known as "drug haven" of Punjab, it seems that drug peddlers are having a free run.
The police had sealed the village a month ago and cracked down on the drug mafia and claimed that residents of Daulewala people have quit the drug trade. However, to their surprise two residents of Daulewala were arrested with a huge quantity of poppy husk on Wednesday.
The police officials said a huge cache of drugs was recovered from four different vehicles near Dagru village, 15 km from here.
According to police officials, the police had received a tip-off that some smugglers had entered the district with two trucks, a Swift car and a Scorpio car. During the search of a Tempo, the police found huge quantity of poppy husk.
The police officials said the driver of both trucks was arrested on the spot, while two other smugglers escaped. According to the police, the contraband is worth `2 crore in the international market.
As per information, following a tip-off the CIA staff police and a team of Sadar police station conducted a raid and seized 55 bags of poppy husk form a truck, 10 bags from the Scorpio, five bags from Swift car and 30 bags of poppy husk from the other truck.
As per police officials, "A truck driver, Gurmukh Singh, of Daulewala was coming in his truck loaded with onion bags. When police stopped the truck and searched it, they found 55 bags of poppy husk hidden under onion bags. Gurmukh Singh tried to flee but was nabbed."
According to police, they stopped another truck being driven by Gurcharan Singh of Korewala and recovered 30 bags of poppy husk. "During the preliminary investigation we found Gurcharan had come here for smuggling drugs and selling these at high cost along with his son Malkit Singh. The latter fled the spot," police said.
Sarabjit Singh of Malout who was travelling in Swift car was arrested with five bags of poppy husk and a .32-bore revolver. Meanwhile, the police also claimed to have arrested one Surjit Singh with 10 bags of poppy husk. They have also impounded a Scorpio car that was allegedly used for selling the drug.
The police said during this raid Surjit Singh of Malout was arrested with 10 bags of poppy husk but he managed to flee the spot.
"A case has been registered against Gurmukh Singh, a resident of Mandar (Daulewala) village; Sarabjit Singh, a resident of Daulewala village; Surjit Singh of Malout; Gurcharan Singh and his son Malkit Singh of Korewala village, under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. However, a special investigation team has been formed to look into the matter. Another team has been set up for nabbing the culprits who are at large," police said.