The interrogation of international drug racket kingpin Jagdish Bhola has revealed his Bollywood ambitions.
Bhola, a dismissed deputy superintendent of police (DSP), has acted in three Punjabi films - 'Rustam-e-Hind', which starred Guggu Gill; Gabru Desh Punjab De; and Golden Chance with actor-singer KS Makhan. 'Rustam-e-Hind', released in 2008, was based on the life of the Arjuna awardee wrestler.
"He was eyeing acting and investment opportunities in Bollywood," said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardial Singh Mann.
Bhola has also revealed that he used African nationals as couriers for taking consignments of synthetic drugs from Chandigarh to New Delhi. Three names Robert, Joe and David have surfaced during the investigation, the SSP said.
It has come to light that Bhola wanted to invest his drug earnings in the hotel business in Goa and is reported to have shown interest in purchasing a hotel for Rs. 16 crore on the Baga beach there.
Mann said Bhola had learnt the trade of manufacturing synthetic drugs such as ICE (M-amphetamine) from ephedrine, pseudoephedrine etc. from Chinese and Vietnamese nationals and had gradually mastered it.
He said Bhola started manufacturing drugs in his house (984, Phase 10, Mohali). A blast took place while he was making ICE, which witnesses high temperatures of more than 200 C. However, he duped the police and neighbours by saying that it was a cooker blast.
Clean chit to boxer Vijender
Patiala: In view of boxer Vijender Singh's name cropping up in connection with the Jagdish Bhola case, the police on Wednesday gave him the clean chit saying Bhola had not named Vijender in the preliminary interrogation.
SSP Hardial Singh Mann said, "Bhola has not named Vijender in the interrogation, so there is no question of summoning him in the case."
Meanwhile, Canada-based NRI Dara Singh Mathoda, whom the police had named as an accomplice of Bhola, has strongly refuted the charges.
Speaking on phone from Canada, Dara alleged that the police were levelling baseless charges against him. "I have no link with the drug racket. I don't want to comment on the working of Punjab Police, but can say that in Canada no one can indulge in drugs so easily, as the police here are much more vigilant. Had I been in this trade, I would have landed in trouble as I am a limousine driver and the police can search my vehicle anytime," he said.
He said he had never met Anoop Singh Kahlon or Bhola.
"The police are doing this to hog the limelight, as they did by naming boxer Vijender Singh. After getting the media coverage, they gave the clean chit to Vijender. I promote kabaddi and sports, not drugs, as the police have been saying," he claimed.
Meanwhile, the SSP said the names of Mathoda and others had figured in the interrogation of the accused. "I will give the details in the coming days," he said.