No lead during questioning, cops may seek extension of Bhola's custody
Despite a thorough interrogation in the past five days, Jalandhar rural police have not been able to get any major lead into the drug racket involving now-arrested druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola, and his accomplices Akali leader Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Singh Chahal.punjab Updated: Jan 12, 2014 19:45 IST
Despite a thorough interrogation in the past five days, Jalandhar rural police have not been able to get any major lead into the drug racket involving now-arrested druglord Jagdish Singh Bhola, and his accomplices Akali leader Maninder Singh Bittu Aulakh and Jagjit Singh Chahal.
The police have now planned to seek further remand of the three accused, whose police custody will end on Monday.
The top police officials who have questioned Bhola include the inspector general (IG) and senior superintendent of police (SSP). A senior police official who did not wish to be named said that the drug ICE was also being manufactured at factories in the Himachal Pradesh town of Baddi and names of other factories, too, had been revealed during the interrogation of the accused.
The official added that during investigation into FIR number 109 - registered at Lambra police station and on the basis of which the three accused were taken into custody by Jalandhar police - it surfaced that heroin was also smuggled from across the border in the past.
Another source said Tarsem Singh, an accused in the case, had received deliveries of drug contrabands through Bhola many times and had met him as well, and that the accused had direct links at border areas and were smuggling heroin with ease.
The source said that the supply chain of the drugs entering Punjab from across the border extended to the rest of the country, and even Asia and Europe.
The investigation also revealed that two policemen of Amritsar, including a homeguard, were earlier in touch with Tarsem.
The source said that top officials of police, including IG Balbir Kumar Bawa, SSP Jaspreet Singh Sidhu, superintendent of police (detective) Rajinder Singh and other senior officers had been interrogating the trio, and were recording and cross-checking their statements time and again.
The source said that the police wes in pressure after allegations of druglord Bhola that cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia was also involved in the multi-crore drug racket. “There is huge pressure on the police. The whole process is being conducted in a clandestine manner, so that Bhola does not get a chance to speak with the media,” the source said, adding that even the medical examination of the accused was being carried out at night.
Contacted, SSP Jaspreet Singh Sidhu denied that it was revealed that drugs were being smuggled from across the border. The police would itself reveal the outcome of investigation into the case, he said, adding that two policemen, including a homeguard, were in touch with Tarsem Singh and had met him and that they had already been arrested.