Counter-intelligence cell sleuths have arrested two suspected international drug peddlers and allegedly seized 8.60 kg heroin worth Rs 43 crore in the international market and a couple of Pakistani SIM cards from them on the Dina Nath Dina Rai border outpost on the Indo-Pak border.
"Suspects Sulakhan Singh and Gurmail Singh were caught near gate 215/1 of the Dina Nath Dina Rai border outpost. Ajay Maluja, additional inspector general of the cell at Ferozepur, led the operation on Wednesday night," Jatinder Jain, inspector general of police in the counter-intelligence cell at Bathinda, told media persons on Thursday.
When caught, the suspects were riding a tractor and carrying nine packets of heroin. Suspect Gurmail Singh owns land across the border fence. "He may have received the contraband from the other side of the border. For some time, he kept the drug hidden in fields," said the IGP.
Gurmail had got a special cultivator (karaha) made in Amritsar and hidden the contraband in it, the police officer added.
"Gurmail would distribute the drug on Sulakhan's orders," said IGP Jain. "Sulhkhan's job was to coordinate with Pakistani smugglers."
Police claimed Sulakhan had admitted to his role in smuggling of 1.50 quintal heroin and some weapons into India with the help of his sources based in Pakistan.
Director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini had announced a prize of Rs 1 lakh for any team that would make a similar breakthrough. Its members would also get commendation certificates.