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4-kg heroin, AK-47, Rs 16 lakh, all seized from Kapurthala cop’s house

CIA-wing inspector, known as ‘drug recovery specialist’, in STF net

punjab Updated: Jun 12, 2017 21:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Inderjit Singh was transferred to Ferozepur a few days ago.(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

The special task force (STF) of Punjab Police on Friday arrested a CIA inspector for his alleged links to drug peddlers and seized a large quantity of drugs, arms and ammunition from his official quarters.

Inspector Inderjit Singh, posted as in-charge of crime investigating agency (CIA) wing in Kapurthala, was famous as “drug recovery specialist”.

Police recovered three kg of smack and 4 kg of heroin from his Phagwara quarters. A 9 mm Italian-make pistol, a .38 bore revolver, an AK 47 and around 380 live cartridges of different arms, including 115 AK 47 cartridges, were found at his house at Jalandhar Police Lines. Rs 16.50 lakh cash, 3,550 British pounds and a car were also seized there.

A case under various provisions of the IPC and sections of the NDPS Act and Arms Act was registered against him, they said.

Immediately after coming to power in March this year, the Congress government had constituted an STF headed by ADGP Harpeet Singh Sidhu to curb the drug menace in the state.

“Inderjit came on our radar after we got a credible lead from a source in Tarn Taran. His service record showed sudden spurt in contraband seizures wherever he was posted,” ADGP Sidhu told reporters in Chandigarh.

“We analysed 13 cases of recovery by him when he was posted as CIA in-charge in Taran Taran for 14 months. It was found out that despite huge recovery —as high as 19 kh heroin in one case —all accused were freed by court,” said Sidhu.

“In June first week, these cases were referred to IG border zone and Tarn Taran SSP. It was revealed that Inderjit made recoveries of narcotics but the motive was obtaining illegal gratification from those in his custody on the promise of helping them to walk free in these cases. After reports recommended criminal action against the accused, we conducted raids and arrested him,“ he added.

The team that nabbed the inspector was led by AIG STF Mukhwinder Singh.

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 18:14 IST