The counter intelligence wing of the local police has arrested two people and recovered 13 kg of opium from their possession from Dabwali Road on Friday. The accused were trying to smuggle opium by hiding it in a cabin of the truck bearing registration number PB 03-Y-9844 in which they had loaded sugar.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) (counter intelligence) Jatinder Kumar Jain claimed that two of the arrested accused had been identified as Bhupinder Singh alias Pinda and Jagjit Singh, both residents of Phool in Bathinda.
One of the accused Vijay Kumar, a resident of Rampura, managed to escape.
Jain added that the intelligence wing had specific input about the movement of drug peddlers. They are already facing cases under the NDPS act against them.
Jain added that the consignment was being smuggled from Madhya Pradesh and had managed to cross the Rajasthan and Haryana borders.
During interrogation, the accused have reportedly revealed that as many as eight consignments of opium were brought to the state and the recovered contraband was of the utmost quantity.
Surinder Kumar, the brother of absconding accused and their father Sarup, used to provide financial assistance to the brothers.
Both of them have also been booked along with the other accused in the case.
"Vijay Kumar and Surinder Kumar have been convicted for ten years in connection with a previous case of opium smuggling. More than 4.5 kg was recovered from them a case has been registered at Rampura city police station," said Jain.
A case under the NDPS Act was also registered against Bhupinder Singh at Phool police station in 2007.