Punjab police ‘drug’ inspector Inderjit seized 10,400 kg poppy in 10 months, successor got only 46 kg
From May 20, 2012, to March 24, 2013, now-dismissed inspector Inderjit led recovery of 10,400 kg of poppy husk in the town, otherwise famous for its furniture and for its founder being Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh master.punjab Updated: Jul 01, 2017 11:34 IST
He is now in jail for allegedly being involved in drug smuggling, but this Punjab police inspector sure made high scores in recovery of illegal drugs out in the field. Kartarpur, a town 17 km from Jalandhar on the national highway to Amritsar, saw huge seizure of poppy husk when the police station here was headed by Inderjit Singh.
From May 20, 2012, to March 24, 2013, now-dismissed inspector Inderjit led recovery of 10,400 kg of poppy husk in the town, otherwise famous for its furniture and for its founder being Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh master. After he was shifted from the rural police unit, the recovery witnessed a sharp decline. His successor in the next 10 months confiscated only 46 kg of poppy husk.
One case that’s still under investigation saw seizure of 4,025 kg of poppy husk on October 7, 2012; five persons were booked. Another major recovery was of 3,007 kg two months before that. Also, when Inderjit was head of the crime investigation agency (CIA) of Kartarpur, there was a seizure of 1,925 kg on May 18, 2013, and 220 kg on May 9.
But, after his transfer from Kartarpur, the biggest recovery was of 10kg poppy husk, in March 2014, and 5kg in July 2014. Since then, there has been no major recovery.
In Phagwara, on the Jalandhar-Delhi NH, similar major recoveries come to the fore in months when he was CIA head there. Prominently, his team seized 56,050 intoxicant capsules and tablets from a self-styled Shiv Sena leader on April 8 this year.
As per senior officials, Kartarpur and Phagwara had turned into transit points for drugs and other forms of narcotics; and that coincided when Inderjit reportedly became a blue-eyed boy of senior officials in the police department. Inderjit is in jail at present.
First Published: Jul 01, 2017 09:06 IST