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Smugglers drug network in Faridkot jail busted
Smugglers and bags of poppy husk recovered from them in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo

Smugglers drug network in Faridkot jail busted

Two held with 35-quintal poppy husk, two Scorpios & a truck25 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

What could be termed as a serious lapse in the jail security system as smugglers and gangsters are still operating from prisons? Despite tall claims of Jail Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and senior officials regarding tough measures being taken to prevent the use of mobile phones inside jails, the menace continues.

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Nikhil Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana May 24

What could be termed as a serious lapse in the jail security system as smugglers and gangsters are still operating from prisons? Despite tall claims of Jail Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and senior officials regarding tough measures being taken to prevent the use of mobile phones inside jails, the menace continues.

In a fresh case that exposed the functioning of Jails Department, the Jagraon police busted a drug smuggling network that was being operated from Faridkot jail premises. 

Two smugglers were arrested with 35 quintals of poppy husk. The police also recovered two Scorpios (SUVs) and one truck from the smugglers.

The smugglers, who were acting on directions of their counterparts lodged in jail, have been identified as Gurparamjit Singh, alias Pamma, of Patiala, and Gurdeep Singh, alias Bakri, of Swaddi Khurd.

In a press conference here today, the SSP, Ludhiana (Rural), Varinder Singh Brar, said secret information was received that Pipal Singh and Nishan Singh of Moga, who were notorious smugglers and presently lodged in Faridkot jail, were running drug smuggling network from the jail premises through their aides Bachitar Singh and Mannu of Moga. 

On directions of smugglers, the duo deployed Gurparamjit and Gurdeep to supply huge quantity of poppy husk to their clients, the SSP added.

Accordingly, a naka was laid near Chakkar village where two Scorpios driven by Gurparamjit and Gurdeep, respectively, were stopped for checking, he said. During search of the SUVs 14 quintals of poppy husk was recovered, he added. 

Later, during interrogation of the smugglers, they disclosed that a truck loaded with narcotics was parked in Barnala, he said. A police party immediately conducted a raid and recovered the truck loaded with 21 quintals of poppy husk, he added.

Hence, 35.35 quintals of poppy husk was recovered from the smugglers, he said.

Five days police remand of the suspects was sought from the court so that two more smugglers Bachitar and Mannu, who had links with their counterparts in the jail, could also be arrested, he added.

 The two smugglers were lodged in Faridkot jail from the past four years after they were caught with large quantity of drugs, he said. 

“We will also bring jailed smugglers Pipal and Nishan on production warrant so that entire smuggling chain could be busted,” he added.

The SSP, however, said, “It is yet not clear whether the smugglers are using mobile phones inside the jail premises to get in touch with their aides or any other source. I will write to Faridkot jail officials to do surprise checking of smugglers to find out if they are using mobile phones.” 

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LUDHIANA: The Northern Railway would take a mega traffic-cum-overhead equipment (OHE) block for regirdering of one span of bridge no 283 upline between Barara-Kesri stations on Saharanpur-Ambala section on May 26.

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Medical camp for women jail inmates

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LUDHIANA:Excellent bowling by Simranjeet (6/24) and a fine batting by Kashish Panseja (123 not out) and Deepin Chitkara (80 not out) put hosts Ludhiana in the driver’s seat against Ferozepur on the opening day in the Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Katoch Shield at GRD Academy, Hambran Road, here today.

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IN BRIEF

5 mobiles seized from jail inmates

25 May 2019 | 7:58 AM

Ludhiana: Five mobile phones have been recovered from inmates of the Ludhiana Central Jail.

IN BRIEF

Two nabbed with banned pills

24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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Five smugglers held with 87 cases of illicit liquor

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PAU extends admission date of journalism course

24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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Celebrations in Congress camp

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LUDHIANA:It was celebration time in the Congress camp after Ravneet Singh Bittu had a hat-trick of Lok Sabha poll win and second consecutive win from Ludhiana.

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24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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Ludhiana: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has entered into a partnership with Tokita Seed India Private Limited, a Bengaluru-based firm for the commercialisation of chilli hybrid CH-27.

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24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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AAP blames Phoolka for defeat

24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

LUDHIANA:Leaders of AAP have blamed HS Phoolka’s resignation from the Dakha Assembly constituency for the poor performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections.

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NDA mandate to finish pending works: Bittu

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24 May 2019 | 7:57 AM

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Cash, jewellery worth lakhs robbed from trader’s house

23 May 2019 | 7:34 AM

LUDHIANA: Two armed men entered the house of a hosiery trader at Urban Estate, Jamalpur, by scaling the main gate and took away cash and gold jewellery worth several lakhs last evening.

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23 May 2019 | 7:34 AM

LUDHIANA: Green Land Convent School, New Subhash Nagar, Ludhiana organised aqua day for the tiny tots. A splash pool party was organised to give students a break from regular routine work.

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23 May 2019 | 7:34 AM

LUDHIANA: Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju today said the counting for 13 parliamentary constituencies would be done at 21 places in the state tomorrow. He said all arrangements in this regard were in place.

Briefly

70-year-old man goes missing

23 May 2019 | 7:34 AM

LUDHIANA: A 70-year-old man identified as Onkar Nath Rai went missing under mysterious circumstances. His son has been doing all to trace his father.

Cricket Tournament

Ludhiana beat Jalandhar on basis of first innings lead

23 May 2019 | 7:34 AM

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