LPU student, Punjabi songwriter Jaswinder Billa among 11 arrested with illicit drugs in Jalandhar

The accused were held in four separate cases; lyricist Jaswinder Singh Billa, 36, of Nawanshahr, has written songs for Jazzy B, Manmohan Waris

punjab Updated: Jul 26, 2017 21:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Lovely Professional University,lyricist Jaswinder Singh Billa,Saade baare dil vich rakhin na bhulekha
Police officials with the drug peddling accused in Jalandhar on Wednesday, July 26.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

The Jalandhar (rural) police arrested 11 people for drug peddling in four separate cases in the district on Wednesday and recovered 18,350 intoxicant capsules and tablets, 135-gm drug powder, 150-gm heroin, three cars, one bike and one pistol and two cartridges.

The accused include Lovely Professional University (LPU) student Rajan Masih, 25, of Jalandhar’s Karan Enclave and lyricist Jaswinder Singh Billa, 36, of Kolgarh in SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) district. They were nabbed together. Masih is studying MA (English) from LPU, Phagwara, and Billa has most famously written the song ‘Saade baare dil vich rakhin na bhulekha’ for Punjabi singer Jazzy B. SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar added that Billa had also written songs for Manmohan Waris.

“The head of crime investigation agency (CIA-1), inspector Harinder Singh, and his team nabbed Kiranjeet Singh, Jaswinder, and Rajan and recovered 100-gm intoxicant powder, one pistol, two cartridges and 30gm heroin,” the SSP added.

The other accused have been identified as Kiranjeet Singh (26) of Garhshankar, Rajinder Rana, 30, Rakesh Rocky, 26, of Bullowal in Hoshiarpur, Gursharan Singh, 19, of Valtoha, Sukhjinder Singh, 25, of Udhoke in Tarn Taran, Mukesh Sharma, 37, of Una in Himachal Pradesh, Mohammad Ali, 32, of Bhogpur, Jummadin, 29, of Dhaliwal and Sukhvir Singh, 35, a kabaddi player, of Kapurthala’s Subhanpur.

The rural police head said Lohian police arrested Gursharan and Sukhwinder with 120gm heroin. Sukhwinder is a kabaddi player and had played in Hong Kong.

“Rajinder Singh Rana and Rocky were taken into custody after Bhogpur police found 6,200 intoxicant capsules and tablets from a car,” said the SSP. On their questioning, the police got leads to another accused Mukesh Sharma and he was arrested with 12,150 intoxicant capsules and tablets from a car.

Another accused Mohammad Ali was nabbed with 35-gm intoxicant powder, Jummadin and Sukhvir were arrested with 45-gm drug powder.

In another instance (separate from the above four cases), CIA-II head Inspector Shiv Kumar and his team arrested two people Harjinder Singh,48, Shashi Kumar, 27, of Rajowal, allegedly associated with a contractual gang busted a few days ago.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 21:48 IST