In what is claimed to be a big catch, Bathinda counter intelligence department has arrested two interstate smugglers, Deepak Kumar of Ganganagar, Rajasthan, and brother-in-law Raj Kumar of Fazilka with 17.5-kg opium.
Officials claimed that the accused had taken to drug smuggling as part of their family profession.
Counter intelligence AIG Ajay Maluja carried out the operation.The accused already face a number of cases against them under the NDPS Act.Deepak's mother Jugal devi and father Jagdish Rai have also faced cases on the charges of drug smuggling.
The police have claimed that during interrogation, the accused had admitted to be involved in drug smuggling for 10 years .
Bathinda Counter intelligence IGP Jatindra Jain said, "The accused managed to cross all the barriers of Haryana and Rajasthan, but were apprehended at the Bathinda Doomwali barrier in Punjab.The drug was carried in the seat cover of the back seat of the Indica they were on."
"The accused used to bring the opium from Bheelwara in Rajasthan for Rs 50,000 per km and sold it at Rs 90,000 per kg in Bathinda, Ferozepur, Amritsar and Ludhiana.
Smuggling was their family profession. Deepak's father, in jail for smuggling opium, died there a few days ago. Deepak's mother and brother-in-law are also in the same trade."