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14 years of ‘business’: Drug smuggler Zeera has assets worth Rs 3 crore

A-category peddler had been evading arrest since 2004, when he escaped from Rajasthan police custody.

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2018 12:11 IST
Jatinder Mahal
Jatinder Mahal
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Drug smuggler,‘A’ category drug smuggler,Jagir Singh Zeera
A palatial house of drug peddler Jagir Singh Zeera in Jaladhar. (HT photo)

‘A’ category drug smuggler Jagir Singh Zeera, who had been evading arrest for the past 14 years and was finally arrested on Thursday, has made assets worth Rs 3 crore from drug smuggling, the police said here on Friday.

As per information, Zeera confessed to have property in different districts of the state and cash in bank accounts of family members during interrogation by the district’s counter-intelligence wing.

HPS Khakh, counter-intelligence AIG, who led the operations against drug smugglers on Thursday, said that he has confessed to having a 10-marla double-storey house worth Rs 40 lakh and two shops worth Rs 5 lakh in Dashmesh Nagar, Jalandhar, a 6-marla plot worth Rs 30 lakh in the commercial area of the Leather Complex here. Similarly, a 10-marla double-storey flat at the Friends Colony in Ludhiana has a market value of around Rs 50 lakh, a double-storey house at his native village on 20-marla land is around Rs 40 lakh and a 5-acre land in Moga district has an estimated market value of Rs 75 lakh.

‘A’ category drug smuggler Jagir Singh Zeera

Moreover, Zeera has also told the police that he had deposited about Rs 50 lakh in various bank accounts, including Rs 20 lakh in his wife’s account.

“On Friday, we produced him in a court and took him on seven-day police remand. We will continue to interrogate him on his business links and other properties, if any, made during these years,” Khakh said.

Zeera, a native of Daulewal village, Moga, was arrested on Thursday when he was carrying 55 bags of poppy husk (each bag weighing 40 kg) in a truck (RJ07G4392) near the Wadala Chowk here. One illegal pistol along with 5 live cartridges was also recovered from him.

The bags were concealed under 200 bags of powder, which is required in the manufacture of slippers (chappals) and have a pungent smell. It makes it difficult to notice that poppy husk is hidden under the powder bags .

Khakh said that he was wanted by the police of different districts in more than drug 10 cases. “Zeera was declared a proclaimed offender in many cases and had been continuously shifting base after leaving his village in 2004.”

He said that in 2004, the Rajasthan police had arrested him in a smuggling case, but he managed to escape from police custody.

He used to smuggle drugs from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to sell them in various districts of Punjab to earn easy money.

First Published: Jun 09, 2018 12:11 IST