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Akali sarpanch held with 4 kg heroin, pistol

Amandeep Singh, sarpanch of Tatha village of Patti constituency, was arrested from Mohali on Saturday, following a tip-off

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2018 19:54 IST
HT Correspondent
Accused Amandeep Singh in Police custody.
Accused Amandeep Singh in Police custody.(HT Photo)

The Punjab police have arrested an Akali sarpanch of Tarn Taran district and recovered 4 kg heroin and a .9mm pistol from one of his residences in Patti.

Accused Amandeep Singh, sarpanch of Tatha village of Patti constituency, was arrested from Mohali on Saturday, following a tip-off.

Addressing a press conference here, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Darshan Singh Mann said the accused is a notorious smuggler and a proclaimed offender (PO). He is wanted in six cases of smuggling in Punjab and Rajasthan, including the recovery of 34.6-kg heroin made by directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) in Amritsar in 2014.

Mann said Chohla Sahib SHO Sukhraj Singh got a tip off that the accused was spotted in Mohali. “Soon after getting the information, a team, led by the SHO, left for Mohali and arrested the accused from a flat in Sante Majra area.”

During his interrogation, the accused told the police that he had kept around 4 kg heroin and a pistol at his Patti residence, which were later recovered by the police.

Mann said the accused had contacts with a Pakistani smuggler and was active in smuggling drugs. He said further investigations are on and more recoveries are expected.

He said a case under Section 174 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act has been registered against him at Patti police station.

Past cases

■ Among the past cases against him, the accused was booked by the DRI in Amritsar under the NDPS Act after it recovered 34.6 kg heroin in October 2014.

■ He was also booked in Muktsar district in a case of recovery of 21 kg heroin in November 2014.

■ Another case was registered against him by the Ganganagar police of Rajasthan after the seizure 6 kg heroin in February 2012.

■ He was also booked by Jagraon police of Ludhiana district after recovery of 1 kg heroin in November 2015.