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STF busts heroin racket run by woman lodged in Faridkot jail

The AIG said, “An STF team, led by inspector Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa, was patrolling on Tarn Taran-Patti road on Tuesday evening. The inspector got a tip-off that Davinder and Satpal were on their way from Moga to Patti to smuggle around 1 kg heroin.”

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2018 19:45 IST
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
STF,Faridkot,Faridkot jail
Special Task Force AIG Rashpal Singh (2nd from right) and along with other officials with the arrest of a Moga-based man with 1kg heroin during a press conference in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The special task force (STF) on Wednesday claimed to have busted a racket of heroin smuggling being run by a woman inmate from Faridkot jail through her mobile phone, with the arrest of a man with 1 kg heroin from Tarn Taran district.

The accused has been identified as Davinder Kumar alias Lovely, a resident of Moga. However, one of his accomplices, identified as Satpal Singh of Moga, managed to flee the spot.

Addressing a press conference here, STF (border range) assistant inspector general (AIG) Rashpal Singh said the two accused were on their way to smuggle the contraband in Tarn Taran district. They had to deliver the drug as per the instructions of Satpal’s wife Simarjit Kaur, who is lodged in Faridkot jail, and runs the racket from there.

The AIG said, “An STF team, led by inspector Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa, was patrolling on Tarn Taran-Patti road on Tuesday evening. The inspector got a tip-off that Davinder and Satpal were on their way from Moga to Patti to smuggle around 1 kg heroin.”

He said the team started checking vehicles. “The accused came on a Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration number PB-29-Z-7469). When the police stopped them, Satpal fled the spot while Davinder was nabbed. When the team searched the scooter, they recovered 1 kg heroin from it.”

The AIG said, “During interrogation, Davinder told the police that he and Satnam were on way to smuggle the heroin to Patti, as per Simarjit instructions.”

“We have registered a case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 61, 85 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against the trio. Simarjit would be brought to Amritsar for interrogation. We are still investigating to know the source of the drug the accused were carrying,” he added.

PO wanted in 4kg heroin recovery case held

Meanwhile, the STF has also arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) in a 4kg heroin recovery case.

The AIG said, “On March 14, we had arrested Kuldeep Singh of Bhai Ladhu village with 4 kg heroin from Indo-Pak border near border outpost Kulwant Mutheianwala in Tarn Taran while Kuldeep’s aide Gurchait Singh of Mehndipur village in Tarn Taran had managed to flee the spot. They were carrying the contraband thrown by Pakistani smugglers along border.”

He said inspector Randhawa arrested Gurchait from Mehndipur village on Wednesday.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 22:17 IST