The district police claimed to have arrested as many as 1,386 people in different cases besides having solved seven blind murder cases in less than six months from January to June 14.
Inspector general of police, Patiala range, Paramraj Singh Umranangal said the police have been working day and night to meet the expectations of the public. The IGP was in the town on Tuesday to inaugurate a newly constructed shooting range at the Sangrur Police Lines.
He said the police have managed to solve seven blind murder cases and arrested 17 people in this connection.
Singh said in the past six months, the Sangrur police have busted a total of 24 gangs and have arrested 104 people in this connection. Besides, the police have also recovered 36 pistols, five revolvers, two rifles, ammunition, 34 sharpedges weapons and 20 iron rods from the accused. The police have also recovered seven cars, 26 two-wheelers, two trucks and nearly 200 kg metal, including gold and silver, worth over `58 lakh, said the IGP.
Despite this, under the NDPS act the police have registered 387 cases and have arrested 462 drug smugglers. He said, police have destroyed over 900 quintal of poppy husk, over 6 quintal opium, 500 gm heroin and 20 kg of other drugs recovered in various NDPS cases. He said, in addition to this police have also destroyed 33 lakh drug tablets, 1.30 lakh drug capsules, 18000 drug syrups, 2.5 lakh injections and 41 kg drug powder.
He said, police is on prowl to curb drug trafficking and if anyone comes to police with the information on drugs, then his identity is always kept confidential. The IGP said the police have arrested 264 more persons on charges of gambling and have recovered the cash amounting to Rs 8.5 lakh.
Apart from these, the police have arrested another 539 persons in 518 cases of illegal liquor smuggling. The IGP said police have recovered 17000 liters country made liquor and 6000 litres foreign made liquor.
Inaugurating the shooting range at Police lines, IG said despite keen interest many students choose not to adopt shooting since it is an expensive sport. IG said, after establishing a shooting range at police lines, this will give extensive support to those, who want to make shooting their profession.
DIG Balkar Singh Sidhu said that Rs 18 lakh have been spent to establish shooting range. He said there are nine automatic firing machines and two advances computerised firing machines.