The sleepy town of Kartarpur, about 15 km from here, which was founded by the fifth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev, and later got famous as a hub of wooden furniture has now another reason for its popularity. The police station of Kartarpur has become the biggest drug haul centre in the district by way of seizure of huge quantity of drugs in the past five months.
Kartarpur, on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway (NH-1), has a special place in the history because of some historical gurdwaras and placing of first Guru Granth Sahib (Adi Granth).
The highway town had been in the news for quite some time due to wrong reasons. It is becoming or being projected as a transit point for drugs and other forms of narcotics, which are carried across the state by smugglers and their couriers.
Be it arrest of drug kingpin Raja Kandola with the recovery of party drug (Ice) worth R200 crore, nabbing of superintendent of the Central Excise and Customs or seizure of two trucks loaded of poppy husk, all the cases were registered at Kartarpur police station.
“During the past five months, five cases under the NDPS Act were registered in Kartarpur police station and the seized drugs include 12 kg of heroin, 41 quintals of poppy husk, 2 kg of charas, 5 kg of smack and 1 kg of intoxicating powder,” superintendent of police (detective) of the district (rural) police, Rajinder Singh told Hindustan Times. He added that 10 people, including customs official Gurdev Singh, were arrested by the Kartarpur police.
The SP gave credit of big haul of narcotics to the team of three police officials, including station house officer of Kartarpur, Inderjit Singh, sub-inspector (special staff) Shiv Kumar and in-charge of CIA staff inspector Angrej Singh.
“All the three officers are dedicatedly working against drug mafia and developed strong information base about the drug network in the state,” the SP added.
Superintendent of customs department, Gurdev Singh, who was posted at Attari railway station, was arrested in Kartarpur on May 3 on the basis of information developed by inspector Angrej Singh and 7 kg of heroin and 5 kg of smack were recovered from his possession, the SP said.
Two trucks loaded with poppy husk were impounded on May 9 and May 18, which were coming from Kishangarh district of Rajasthan and Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh, respectively, by SHO Inderjit Singh of Kartarpur, the SP said, adding that 41 quintals of contraband was seized.