Raikot, March 16
Ludhiana Police have busted a notorious gang of drug peddlers on the outskirts of Khadoor village in Ludhiana district late Monday evening—who were involved in drugs trafficking through close relatives.
Approx 4 kg heroin—estimated to be worth Rs 28 crore in the international market, and drug money worth Rs 37 lakh, besides an Active (without number plate)—were recovered from the three gang members, nabbed from a house.
The accused were identified as Balwinder Singh, his wife Neelam and sister Harpreet Kaur, all permanent residents of Gandhian Mohalla Mehtabgarh in Kapurthala district. The accused are currently living at a rented house situated on the outskirts of the village.
Other members of the gang were identified as Arun Kumar ( husband of Harpreet Kaur), Raj Kumar (brother of Arun Kumar) and Anjli ( Raj Kumar’s wife).
SSP Ludhiana (Rural) Charanjit Singh Sohal informed that a team of cops supervised by SP (D) Balwider Singh and DSP (D) Rajesh Sharma had apprehended the accused from their house at Khadoor village late evening on Monday.
“As we had received secret information about alleged illegal activities of the drug peddlers in the area, our cops apprehended them when they were hiding at their house situated on outskirts of the village, following a scuffle with villagers earlier in the day,” said Sohal.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused were already been facing a number of criminal cases registered at various police stations.
Having been identified as drug peddlers in their native area of Kapurthala, the trio had shifted to this area for carrying out illegal activities recently.
The police are yet to arrest the owner of the house and ascertain his role in facilitating the accused as he had not performed his mandatory duty to inform the administration about his tenants.
Investigations further revealed that all suspects, except Neelam, had already been booked under many criminal cases and Balwinder Singh was serving a life term after being sentenced in a murder case. Harpreet Kaur was caught with 3.2kg of heroin by STF Mohali a few months ago and she had been released on bail.
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