The Kurukshetra police on Monday claimed to have busted an inter-state poppy husk racket by after recovering around 181 quintals of poppy husk, valued at `2 crore.
Besides, the police also recovered two country-made pistols along with 21 live cartages.
The police have detained three persons in this connection and interrogating them to trace the kingpin in the smuggling racket. Four teams of CIA staff have been formed to track the accused and they raided eight places in Punjab and Haryana.
Kurukshetra superintendent of police (SP) Simmardeep Singh told mediapersons here that the Kurukshetra police had succeeded in smashing a gang of narcotic smugglers by raiding a white 'kothi' at the Chuniafarm in Muztapur village, around 12 km from here on Sunday.
He said that the police recovered 487 bags of poppy husk weighing 180 quintals and 982 kg and taken three persons in custody. He said weighing machines and two-kg packets in large numbers were also recovered from the site.
Police also recovered two country-made pistols of 315 and 12 bores along with 21 live cartages and mobile phones and SIMs issued from Punjab and Haryana, he added.
He said that he had recommended the names of Shahbad DSP Gurmail Singh, Pehowa DSP Chanderpal, Pehowa SHO Amandeep Singh for special award from the state government for successfully smashing the gang after getting secrete information about the stocks of poppy husk which was to be smuggled to Punjab.
He said that the house from where poppy husk was recovered belonged to Rachhpal Singh, a resident of Patran in Punjab. The latter's relative Ranjit singh Bakhli was being interrogated.
The SP said that the gang might have links with several smugglers in Punjab and Haryana. "It is likely that Rachhpal had purchased this house here for the sole purpose of smuggling and there was increase in the sale of narcotics during the past one-and-a- half years in this area".
In reply to a question, the SP said that police were also investigating the genuineness of five vehicle number plates recovered from the site. These could be fake number plates to be used on various vehicles for the purpose of smuggling.
Simardeep Singh said that it took police several hours to seal 487 bags of poppy husk. After completing other formalities, the police registered a case in this connection on Monday, he added.
Meanwhile, Haryana director general of police Yashpal Singal and Karnal inspector general police Hanif Qureshi have congratulated the Kurukshetra police for the recovery and the arrest.