CHANDIGARH/AMRITSAR Bharat Newsline:-Amidst the ongoing war against drugs waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have busted a cross-border drug smuggling racket with the arrest of three drug smugglers after recovering 12Kg heroin from their possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav here on Thursday.

Those arrested have been identified as Bhindar Singh alias Bhinda of village Daoke in Gharinda, Amritsar; Dilbag Singh alias Manu of village Rajatal in Gharinda, Amritsar; and Manipal Singh alias Mani of village Chhina Shabajpur in Raja Sansi, Amritsar. Apart from seizing heroin, the police teams have also also impounded the White Hyundai Verna car, in which they were travelling.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following intel inputs that some drug smugglers have retrieved the heroin consignment dropped via drone and they are going to deliver it in White Hyundai Verna car, Amritsar Rural Police conducted a special police checking near village Beharwal.

He said that when the police party signalled to stop the car, persons sitting in the car tried to flee, but the Police teams managed to nab them and recovered 12Kg heroin— including three packs of 2kg each, which they had tied around their waists with a cloth (parna), while, one pack of 6kg kept in the vehicle.

The DGP said that as per preliminary investigations, the accused persons were in touch with the Pakistan-based drug smugglers and were supplying heroin across the state after importing it from Pakistan.

Sharing more details, SSP Amritsar Rural Satinder Singh said that the trio arrested accused persons have been facing several criminal cases. Further investigations are on to identify Pak-based smugglers and persons, who were supposed to receive this consignment, he said, while adding that more recovery is expected.

A case FIR no. 142 dated 9/8/2023 has been registered under sections 21(c), 25 and 29 of the NDPS Act at Police Station Lopoke.

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