Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 12
Notorious drug smugglers lodged in various jails of Punjab continue to operate their nexus from inside prisons through mobile phones, right under the nose of the jail authorities.
This also highlights that various jail authorities failed to contain the problem of sneaking of prohibited material, including mobile phones into the jails. The fact came to light during the interrogation of drug peddlers nabbed by Special Task Force in the recent past. STF officials claimed to have busted a nexus of two gangs involved in smuggling of narcotics from Delhi to various parts of Punjab.
On June 4, the STF arrested three persons Mandeep Singh, alias Mandy of Mohkampura, Jasbir Singh of Mahindra colony, Batala, and Chanchal Singh of Sanjay Gandhi Colony. Their interrogation led to the arrest of jail inmate Sajan Kalayn, alias Daddu. Daddu used to contact his handlers in Delhi through mobile phone and he used to provide the drug consignment to his three accomplices. Jasbir was the brother-in-law of Sajan. Daddu used to successfully run the drug network in and outside jail premises, investigations revealed.
They used to run their drug network with the help of Rahul, Rockey, Kabal Hathora and Satnam Bunti. They were yet to be arrested. Rahul used to supply drugs in the Majitha Road area while Rockey and Kabal used to sell contraband in Mohkampura and Maqboolpura area respectively. Satnam Bunti and Chanchal Singh had the responsibility of selling drugs in Chheharta and Faizpura areas.
Similarly, on June 8, the STF nabbed Maninder Singh, alias Soni of Mugal Chak area in Tarn Taran from Wadali Chowk area. He, along with his accomplice Jagjit Singh Jaggi of Havelian village in Tarn Taran, were travelling in a jeep. While Jaggi managed to escape, Soni was nabbed with 260gm of heroin. His interrogation led to the arrest of two Delhi residents Mohammad Rashid and Mohammad Saleem when they had come to Tarn Taran for supplying drugs on June 9. They used to supply contraband in various parts of the country. The STF team confiscated 500gm of heroin from their possession.
Rashpal Singh Ghuman, AIG, Special Task Force said during the interrogation of Soni, it came to light that he used to contact Baba Shabir lodged in Patiala Central jail for drugs. “In both these instances, the connection of central jails was established. The smugglers were running the business without any hurdle,” said Ghuman.
He revealed that Daddu had contacts with a Nigerian, Peter Azifar, also lodged in Amritsar jail on charges of drug smuggling.
Peter managed to supply drugs with the help of another Nigerian based at Delhi.
He used to order the consignment through mobile phone.
The Sepical Task Force is bringing Peter and Baba Shabir on production warrant from Amritsar and Patiala Jail respectively, said Ghuman.
Rashpal Singh Ghuman, AIG, Special Task Force, said Chanchal Singh also used to provide heroin in Amritsar central jail and it was sold among the jail inmates by Daddu.
He used to sneak in the contraband by hiding in sandwiches, said Sepical Task Force officials.
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