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Student's death: police fail to trace source of heroin

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2014 23:03 IST
Parampreet Singh Narula

Even after the arrest of the two accused in the death of a 21-year-old college student due to overdose of heroin, the Kapurthala police have so far failed to trace the source of the drug.

The body of victim Ranjit Rai, a student of Lord Krishna Polytechnic College in Kapurthala, was recovered under suspicious circumstances from Jalandhar-Kapurthala road near village Khojewal on Wednesday morning.

Ranjit, who was living at his maternal grandparents' home, had left home on Tuesday at around 2pm after telling his family that he was going to meet his friends in Jalandhar.

Police on Thursday night nabbed two of the accused identified as Piyush Ranjan Singh and Varun Bhardwaj, who had allegedly administered heroin to Ranjit through an injection and the latter died thereafter due to drug overdose.

However, Kapurthala police still do not have any clue about the source from where the accused got the supply of heroin.

Ranjit's tragic death exposes the hollowness of the state government's claims that during the ongoing anti-drug campaign, the police have completely broken the supply network of drugs in the state. The case has proven that the drugs are easily available in the state and youths continue to fall prey to them.

Superintendent of police Jagjit Singh Saroya (detective) said that police were trying to find out the kingpin of the drug supply in this case.

"We have deployed special teams to find out the source from whom the accused bought drugs," he said.

Meanwhile, the city police produced both the accused before chief judicial magistrate Amit Thind on Saturday, who remanded them into two days' police custody. .

Family demands probe

The family of the victim on Saturday demanded thorough investigation into the case and alleged that more than two people are involved in this incident.

Ranjit's uncle Rajinder Verma said that Ranjit was a heavy-weight person and two persons could not have carried him to the auto to take him to the doctor. "There must be some other person involved in the case".

Verma also sought to know the identity of the auto driver and the doctor to whom the victim was taken for treatment as both of them, being eyewitnesses, could reveal some vital clues in the case.