3 cross-border smugglers held, 5 kg heroin seized


AmritsarPosted at: Aug 6, 2017, 1:17 AM; last updated: Aug 6, 2017, 1:17 AM (IST)Arms, ammunition seized; raids on to arrest their accomplices

Police present the accused before mediapersons in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 5

The Special Task Force (STF) has confiscated a total of 5.50 kg of heroin along with a weapon and ammunition from the possession of three drug smugglers.
Those arrested were identified as Balwinder Singh alias Kukku of Bhura Kona, falling under the Khemkaran police station in Tarn Taran, Major Singh and Bohar Singh of Mamdot village in the Ferozepur area. The three accused were produced in the local court and brought on police remand. Further investigations were under progress.
Three of their accomplices were yet to be arrested. The missing accused are Gurpavitar Singh of Lakhna village, Shiinder Singh of Lakhmichak village and Gurjant Singh of the Tarn Taran area.
AIG, STF, Rashpal Singh, in a press conference here today, said the STF had received a tip-off that the six accused were involved in cross-border smuggling of narcotics and arms.
“We received specific information that Balwinder Singh was coming towards Amritsar from the Jhabal Road area with the contraband. A naka was put up near Bohru Canal Bridge on the road. The raiding party intercepted a car that was being driven by Balwinder Singh. During search, the police found 1 kg heroin,” he said while giving details.
His interrogation led to the arrest of Major Singh and Bohar Singh.
Investigations revealed that the duo had agricultural land across the barbed fence in Lakha Singh Wala in the Ferozepur sector. They used to smuggle contraband by hiding it in the tractor. It came to light that a drug consignment was concealed in the tube well room in their fields across the barbed fence, near the Lakha Singh Wala border outpost. A 9-mm pistol with three magazines and 56 cartridges were also seized from the spot.
On the basis of the information that they provided, a team of the STF went to the spot and in a joint operation with the Border Security Force confiscated 4.5 kg heroin from the tube well room. The AIG said a case under Sections 21, 25, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered at the State Special Operation Cell in this connection. He said raids were on to arrest their missing accomplices.

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