In a major embarrassment to Punjab Youth Congress, its Gidderbaha block president Gurpreet Singh was arrested on charge of possessing five kg opium in Rajpura. Gurpreet is considered to be a close associate of Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.
SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said the accused, along with his aide Angrej Singh, was held while he was on way to Mohali in a car. When a police party stopped the car at Rajpura, Gurpreet told them he was a state- level Congress leader. "He even showed police his photographs with some senior Congress leaders," said Gill.
On suspicion, the police searched the vehicle and seized the opium.
The police claimed Gurpreet sold opium in the tri-city of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula after bringing the contraband from Rajasthan. The SSP said the seized opium was valued at Rs 4 lakh.
A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. The police were trying to find his other associates.
Meanwhile, Punjab Youth Congress president Vikram Chaudhary said Gurpreet had been suspended from the primary membership of the party. "We have no place for such persons in the organisation. We stand for strict punishment for anybody involved in drug trade," he said.
Despite several attempts, MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring could not be contacted.
Meanwhile, in another case, police nabbed Shah Mohammed of Uttar Pradesh with three kg opium. A case has been registered against the accused under the NDPS Act.