The rising cases of smuggling of drugs from states adjoining Punjab, and from Pakistan have kept the local police on toes. The police have been told to keep a check on the entry points of the city as there have been several instances when drugs like heroin and poppy husk have been seized.
In the past two weeks, three such cases have been reported in Ludhiana, where the drugs were being smuggled from Pakistan. Moreover, the arrested drug peddlers told the police that they wanted to sell narcotics in Punjab only.
The recovery of 200-kg poppy husk from a truck that was carrying apples from Jammu and Kashmir to Sunam on Thursday has forced the police to chalk out a concrete plan to curb such activity.
A senior police official said, “Earlier, drugs like poppy husk and opium were smuggled into Punjab from Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It is a matter of grave concern that these narcotics were now being smuggled from Jammu and Kashmir.”
According to police, opium and poppy crops need warm weather to ripen so these cannot vegetate in Jammu and Kashmir. It clearly indicates that narcotics have been smuggled from Pakistan or Afghanistan, where the farming of poppy is rampant.
Inspector Maininder Bedi at Salem Tabri police station, who busted the smuggling of poppy husk, said, “Some residents of of Jammu and Kashmir are under the scanner. The accused, held with 200 kg poppy husk, revealed that they had got the consignment from a fruit trader in Sopore, which was to be delivered in Ludhiana and surrounding areas.”
The police had arrested three residents of Jammu and Kashmir and recovered 2.3 kg cocaine from their possession at Ladhowal toll plaza on November 22. The accused, along with a nine-year-old boy, were travelling in a car.
Ludhiana rural police arrested two drug peddlers with 1.1 kg heroin and a pistol in Jagraon on November 26, who were said to have links with Pakistan-based smugglers. One of their accomplices had fled.