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Man wanted in drug cases nabbed with heroin in Mohali

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of SAS Nagar police have arrested a man, accused in a number of drug cases across Punjab, with 500 gram heroin on the Kurali-Morinda road.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2016 12:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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The accused in police custody in SAS Nagar on Monday.(HT Photo)

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of SAS Nagar police have arrested a man, accused in a number of drug cases across Punjab, with 500 gram heroin on the Kurali-Morinda road.

The accused, Balraj Singh alias Raju Katta of Tarn Taran, who is out on bail in a drug case, was arrested when he was going to deliver the contraband to his client in Kurali. The contraband was smuggled from Pakistan, the police said.

SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “Balraj has been into cross-border smuggling of drugs since 2011. He has smuggled 60 kg heroin from Pakistan to India via the Jalalabad border.”

“He first got heroin from Pakistan in connivance with a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan,” Bhullar said. The police are probing if there are other BSF jawans involved in crossborder smuggling. “We do not rule out his involvement in terror contacts and arms smuggling.

Bhullar said the accused brought two consignments of heroin weighing 5 kg and 12 kg from Pakistan with the help of his accomplices Ranvir Singh alias Bola and Bau from Tarn Taran. He was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in Amritsar and Kapurthala.

He was also booked in 2011 along with his accomplice Chamkaur Singh. They were arrested and Balraj was in jail. He got bail last year.

In 2015, Balraj smuggled a 40-kg consignment with Ranvir and Bau. A BSF jawan was caught red-handed while getting the consignment delivered, but Balraj escaped. A case was lodged in Amritsar.

BOUGHT HOUSE FOR LIVE-IN PARTNER

The police said Balraj was making a lot of money by selling drugs. He had purchased a house at Rs 27 lakh at Kurali for his live-in partner Sukhwinder Kaur.