Moga: The district police, on Thursday, claimed to have arrested two leaders of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) and one of Congress and seized 20gm heroin from their possession while they were travelling in a car near Bughipura chowk here.
It is for the second time, while the police have seized heroin from the vehicle of any SAD leader. Before it, the police had recovered 4gm heroin from a Toyota Fortuner SUV reportedly owned by Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, an Akali leader and state president of the ETT Teachers' Union on January 12.
Police officials said that the arrested people have been identified as senior Congress leader Kulvir Singh Kala of Kaliewala village, who is also block samiti member from block Moga-2, senior leaders of the Youth Akali Dal Sher Singh and Manpreet Singh of Bhalur village under Baghapurana subdivision.
Reliable sources revealed that two years ago, Sher Singh was appointed senior vice-president of the Youth Akali Dal for Baghapurana subdivision.
As per information, the police had received a tip-off that some people were going in an i-20 car, allegedly owned by youth Akali leader Sher Singh, to sell heroin on the Moga-Ludhiana national highway near Mehna village under Moga subdivision.
"As soon as we received the tip-off, a special police team, led by Baljinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector of the Mehan police station, put up barricade near Bughipura chowk immediately. The police party stopped an I-20 car and during the search operation, we found 10gm heroin from the possession of Kulvir Singh and 5-5 gm each from the possession of Sher Singh and Manpreet Singh," said Gurwinder Singh Bhullar, station house officer (SHO) of the Mehna police station.
Police officials said that all three political leaders were arrested on the spot. According to the police, the contraband is worth `80,000 in the international market.
"A case has been registered against Kulvir Singh, Sher Singh and Manpreet Singh under sections 21, 61, and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Mehna police station. However, further investigation is underway," said the SHO.