Tribune News Service
Kapurthala, December 28
The Kapurthala police have foiled an attempt by the peddlers to push a huge drug consignment into the state from Madhya Pradesh. As many as 3.75 quintal of poppy husk was found to be concealed in a truck. Four drug peddlers have been arrested in this regard.
Those held have been identified as Piara Lal of Jakopur, Surinder of Sabuwal in Jalandhar, Jasbir Singh Kala and Didar Singh of Saincha Kapurthala.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said the police have been keeping a close vigil on the activities of narcotics smugglers active in Kapurthala. He said that a police team led by Jarnail Singh, SHO Talwandi Choudhary, was patrolling on Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi highway after a tip-off.
The team stopped a truck with Punjab registration number PB-06G-6777 at a check post on Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi Road and recovered 3.75 quintals of poppy husk hidden in a special compartment made in the truck. He said the secret compartment made to hide the poppy husk looked like the floor of an ordinary truck and 350 sacks of basmati rice were placed on it. During the search, the police team found nuts and bolts hidden in the floor and when they were opened, 25 sacks (15 kg each) of poppy husks were recovered.
The SSP said this was the third big haul by Kapurthala police since last month following the directions of Punjab Home Minister to check inter-state vehicles specially coming from Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh. Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused had brought the huge consignment of drugs from Madhya Pradesh, he said.
The SSP said that a case FIR No. 127, dated 27/12/2021, under Sections 15 (C), 25, 29, 61/85 NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at police station Talwandi Choudhrian. He told that the accused would be produced in the local courts and would be taken on remand for further interrogation and to arrest the remaining members of the racket.
In a yet another action, the Kapurthala police arrested a person involved in 52-kg heroin seizure by Jammu and Kashmir police last month and recovered 100 gram heroin from his possession.
The 52-kg heroin consignment was being pushed from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab but intercepted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on November 24 this year. The arrested accused has been identified as Happy alias Gabbar of Mehtabgarh, Kapurthala.
The SSP said based on specific information, SHO Subhanpur, along with his team, set-up checkpoints at Nadala road near Tajpur, Kapurthala, for the checking of vehicles on highway.
The cops spotted a car coming towards them at a high speed but on seeing the police checkpoint the driver of car stopped his i-20 car bearing number (PB09-AJ-5786) midway and started running from the spot. On suspicion, the police party chased him and on frisking, the cops recovered 100 gram heroin from his possession.
Third biggest haul
The SSP said this was the third biggest haul by Kapurthala police since last month following the directions of Punjab Home Minister to check the inter-state vehicles specially coming from Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh. Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused had brought a huge consignment of drugs from Madhya Pradesh. The 52-kg heroin consignment was being pushed from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab but it was being intercepted.
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