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Punjab roadways driver held with 1,440 drug tablets in Tarn Taran

Earlier this month, the Tarn Taran police had arrested more than 50 accused under the NDPS Act. Most of the arrested accused were caught with medicinal pills, capsules and injections.

punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2018 16:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
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Police said the arrested accused was deployed as a driver of Punjab Roadways bus.(HT File)

The crime investigation agency (CIA) wing of Tarn Taran police arrested a driver of Punjab Roadways, and recovered around 1,440 drug pills from his possession, from the bus stand here on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Gurwinder Singh aka Bhinder of Bhathe Bhaini village of the district.

Police said the arrested accused was deployed as a driver of Punjab Roadways bus, which operated from Tarn Taran to Delhi back and forth.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Darshan Singh Mann said, “After receiving a tip-off on Friday, a team led by inspector Harit Sharma conducted a raid as soon as the bus reached the Tarn Taran bus-stand. The team found 1,440 tablets of Lomotil (banned drug pills) from the bus.”

“Soon after the recovery, the team arrested the bus driver,” he added.

The SSP said the driver confessed to the police that he had been smuggling the pills from New Delhi.

“Investigation is going on to ascertain the links of more accused in the case,” he said.

A case under Section 22,61,85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the driver at Patti Sadar police station.

The SSP said, “Since the Punjab police have cut down the supply of drugs, including medicinal drugs, in the state, the driver had been smuggling drug pills from New Delhi.”

Earlier this month, the Tarn Taran police had arrested more than 50 accused under the NDPS Act. Most of the arrested accused were caught with medicinal pills, capsules and injections.

The SSP had termed the recent death of young men in Tarn Taran to be linked with the injection of ‘fake heroin’. He had said that the drug peddlers had been using medicinal drugs to make fake heroin that causes immediate death when injected.

The SSP said after the crackdown on heroin and smack smuggling in the district, they are now taking strict action against those involved in smuggling of medicinal drugs.

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 16:23 IST