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Tell Canada to extradite 10 NRIs wanted in drug cases: Punjab CM to Centre

The state government’s decision to aggressively pursue the extradition of the suspects is vital to establish the entire chain of the drug cartel in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Oct 30, 2017 21:50 IST
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said that the Congress government in Punjab has scaled up its efforts for their extradition from Canada, but the efforts have been obstructed as the cases remain pending at various levels.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said that the Congress government in Punjab has scaled up its efforts for their extradition from Canada, but the efforts have been obstructed as the cases remain pending at various levels.(HT File Photo)

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday urged the Union government to take up with Canadian authorities the extradition of 10 non-resident Indians (NRIs) declared proclaimed offenders in cases related to illicit drugs in the state.

The extradition has been pending for three-four years, scuttling the efforts to bring these NRIs to justice, the Chief Minister said in separate letters to home minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. “Punjab’s Congress government has scaled up efforts for their extradition from Canada as part of its war on drugs but was hampered as these cases are pending at various levels,” Amarinder Singh said.

The state government has decided to aggressively pursue the extradition issue since the custodial interrogation of these NRIs is vital to expose the drugs network in Punjab and those patronising the trade, a spokesperson said here.

The CM said Sarabjit Singh Sandhar alias Nik of Balioun village in Samrala (Ludhiana), who is now living in Vancouver, was declared PO on October 19, 2013. Request for his extradition was sent to Canadian authorities through proper channels and thereafter prepared afresh as per guidelines shared by them and again sent to the home ministry, which forwarded it to the external affairs ministry on July 20 this year, the spokesperson noted.

Another extradition request relates to Ranjit Kaur Kahlon, wife of Anoop Singh Kahlon, of Jhandu Singha village in Jalandhar district in whose name her husband had purchased properties in Jalandhar and Zirakpur from proceeds of drug money, the spokesperson said.

The state government shared details about the others too.

The fugitive NRIs

Here are names shared by the Punjab govt spokesperson of NRIs who are wanted in drug cases in the state:

*Sarabjit Singh Sandhar alias Nik of Balioun village in Ludhiana district, now in Vancouver, declared PO on October 19, 2013. Request for his extradition is pending since July this year .

*Ranjit Singh Aujla of Muthada Kalan village of Jalandharwas declared a Proclaimed Offender on August 31, 2013. Request for his extradition is pending since July this year.

*In case of Nirankar Singh Dhillon of Apra Mandi village in Jalandhar — declared PO on October 19, 2013 — the extradition request is pending since September 19.

*Extradition request for Gursewak Singh Dhillon of Leela Megh Singh village in Ludhiana, who was declared a PO on April 1, 2014, was sent to central government on July 20.

*Other cases concern Amarjit Singh Kooner, Lamer Singh Daleh, Pardeep Singh Dhaliwal, Amarinder Singh Chheena and Parminder Singh Deo, besides Ranjit Kaur Kahlon, wife of arrested NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon.