The Hush Post, Jagraon: In a major breakthrough, the Ludhiana Rural (Jagraon) Police claim to have busted organised crimes of drug peddling by cracking on the supply line of poppy husk between Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab. In four separate cases, the Jagraon cops have arrested four truckers and have seized 65 kg of poppy husk from them which they were smuggling into Punjab from J&K.
Ludhiana Rural Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surjeet Singh said that under their campaign against drugs secret information was received that some truck owners who use to take watermelon/muskmelon from Punjab to supply the same to Jammu & Kashmir. While returning, they use to bring the seasonal fruits from J&K. But some of them also bring consignments of of poppy husk in small packets by hiding those packets below the engine and sound system (Boofers) of their trucks. Once in Punjab, these truckers use to supply the poppy husk in different areas. Some of these truckers had made several such trips between Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, the SSP said.
Following this information, separate police teams were formed to nab such truckers. Subsequently, a police party led by ASI Nirmal Singh from CIA Staff Jagraon set up a naka at Canal Bridge Janetpura under Sidhwan Bet police station. At this naka, the police party stopped a trucker, who was later identified as Ranjit Singh, a resident of Sidhwan Kalan. On searching his truck, a bag containing 20 kg of poppy husk was found hidden in the vehicle. The accused was later booked in a case under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Sidhwan Bet police station. Accused Ranjit Singh alias Manni used to bring the poppy husk 20 kg to 80 kg every time and it was its seventh trip to bring the poppy husk from J&K, the Jagraon top cop said.
At another naka on Canal Bridge in Sherpura, a police party led by ASI Gursewak Singh, in-charge of Galib Kalan, arrested a truck driver Lovejeet Singh, a resident of Sherpur Kalan after 20 kg of poppy husk was seized form his vehicle. The accused Lovejeet Singh used to brought the poppy husk every time and it was its 6th term to bring the poppy husk from J&K, the SSP said.
In third such seizure, a police party led by ASI Chamkaur Singh from CIA Jagraon, nabbed a truck driver Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Shekh Daulat and seized 20 kg of poppy husk from his truck. An NDPS case has been registered against Gurpreet Singh at Sidhwan Bet police station. The accused Gurpreet Singh used to bring the poppy husk every time and it was its fourth term to bring the poppy husk from J&K.
In the fourth seizure, another police party led by ASI Baldev Singh stopped a truck and on searching it , 5 kg of poppy husk was seized and its driver Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Agwarh Lopo under Jagraon City police station, was arrested. Jaswinder Singh used to bring the poppy husk every time and it was its second term to bring the poppy husk from J&K, the SSP said.
SSP Surjeet Singh told The Hush Post that apart from above, Jagraon Police with their dedication and hard work to make the area drug free, cracked the supply line for poppy husk whereby arresting the accused, namely Ranjit Singh @ Manni, Lovejeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Sawinder Singh and with recovery of 65 Kg poppy husk. The SSP said that further interrogation of the accused could lead to more disclosures and recoveries.