Punjab Police busts two drug cartels backed by Pakistan-based smugglers

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   Amidst the ongoing war against drugs waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Punjab Police have busted two separate cross-border drug smuggling cartels being operated by Pakistan-based smugglers with the arrest of three drug traffickers after recovering 9.2Kg heroin (8.2Kg+1Kg) from their possession.

          Divulging details of the first operation, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs, Police teams from Police Station Chheharta under the supervision of ADCP CITY-2 Abhimanyu Rana apprehended two drug smugglers from area of Shiva Enclave in Rajasansi area and recovered 8.2kg heroin from their possession.

          Those arrested have been identified as Bachitar Singh of village Jathaul in Amritsar and Sunny of Guru ki Wadali in Chheharta. Accused Bachitar Singh was Proclaimed Offender in a murder case of PS Gharinda since 2021.

          Apart from recovering 8.2 kg heroin, Police teams have also recovered Rs 95000 drug money and one electronic weighing machine, besides impounding their Swift car. A case FIR No. 100 dated 27/06/2024 has been registered under sections 21-C and 23/29 of the NDPS Act at Police Station Chheharta in Amritsar.

          In other case, DGP Gaurav Yadav said that acting on intel inputs, Police teams from Police Station Ranjit Avenue laid a Nakabandi at Ranjit Avenue Bypass and has arrested Amandeep Singh of village Ranian, Lopoke in Amritsar and recovered recovered 1kg heroin from his possession. Police teams have also impounded his Volkswagen Vento car, in which he was travelling, he added.

          In this regard, a case FIR no 91 dated 26/06/2024 has been registered under section 21-C of the NDPS Act at Police Station Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar.

          Sharing more details, Commissioner of Police (CP) Amritsar Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that as per preliminary investigations, the accused persons were directly in touch with Pakistan-based smugglers, who were supplying drugs across the state after smuggling from Pakistan via Drones.

          He said that further investigations are being conducted to probe the backward and forward linkages in both the cases to unearth the whole network of drug suppliers, dealers and their buyers. Efforts are being made to ascertain the total amount of narcotics procured by the arrested accused persons till date, said the CP.

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