The Tarn Taran police on Friday said to have arrested a smuggler having cross border links and seized 13 kg heroin, the cost of which is estimated to be around `65 crore in the international market.
Gurjeet Singh of Rasoolpur — who allegedly having links with Nasir Hussain, a Lahore (Pakistan) -based “smuggler”, was arrested with two imported.32 bore revolvers with six rounds, a 9mm imported pistol with seven rounds, a .30 bore imported pistol with seven rounds, Indian currency amounting ` 36 lakh and a Pakistani mobile, besides the 13 kg heroin, claimed police.
The seized contraband, arms and ammunition, police said, were meant to be supplied to Delhi and Mumbai.
Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajjit Singh said the accused was booked at the city police station, Tarn Taran, under sections 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
Divulging details, the SSP said acting on a secret information that Vicky Kumar, Jagjit Singh, alias, Jaggi, and Nirwail Singh, Harshanpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, all residents of Hawelian village; Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Rasoolpur; and Amarjit Singh, a resident of Chobhal, had formed a gang to supply contrabands and arms and were in touch with Pakistani smugglers through Pakistani mobiles and SIMs.
“The accused used to obtain intoxicating substances, ar ms and ammunition from across the border to supply in several districts of Punjab and across India,” he said.
The SSP maintained that police had received infor mat i on that the accused would leave from Chobhal for Ganga Nagar in Rajasthan, with a huge consignment of heroin, arms and ammunition on Friday.
Accordingly, check posts and barricades were laid down and checking of vehicles was initiated, he said.
In the meantime, when the police signaled a car coming from Chobhal to stop, the driver of the car made an attempt to abscond, but was apprehended, said the SSP.
During interrogation, the accused revealed his identity as Gurjeet Singh of Rasoolpur, he said.
However, six other occupants of a car, following Gurjeet Singh’s vehicle managed to escape, said the SSP.
He added that police seized 13 kg heroin packed in several packets, the estimated cost of which was around `65 crore in the international market, two imported revolvers of .32 bore with six rounds, a 9mm imported pistol with seven rounds, a .30 bore imported pistol with seven rounds, Indian currency amounting to `36 lakh and a Pakistani mobile, after the search of the vehicle driven by the arrested accused.
The SSP said Gurjeet revealed that the accused sitting in the car, following his vehicle, had with them huge quantity of heroin, arms and ammunition. “The contraband, arms and the ammunition, as per the arrested accused, were to be supplied to Delhi and Mumbai,” he said.
The SSP said efforts were on to identify links of the accused across Punjab and all over India.
“Efforts are also being made to arrest the absconding accused. The matter is being duly investigated,” averred Singh.