Fazilka- Amidst the continuing battle towards medication waged on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Punjab Police’s State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) Fazilka has foiled a significant drug smuggling bid with the arrest of a smuggler after recovering 10 packets of heroin, weighing 15-Kg, from his wheat straw-laden tractor-trolley, stated Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav right here on Saturday.

The arrested drug smuggler has been recognized as Pritam Singh of village Mohar Jamsher in Fazilka. Apart from recovering heroin, Police groups have additionally impounded his Tractor Sonalika (PB-11-Y- 6879) and trolley, on which he was travelling.

Notably, that is the fifth main heroin restoration made by the SSOC Fazilka within the final 45 days, taking the overall restoration to 145kg.

DGP Gaurav Yadav stated that following intel-inputs, SSOC Fazilka has launched a particular secret operation towards trans-border narcotic smuggling networks within the space of village Dhani Kharas Wali and arrested drug smuggler Pritam Singh, who was on the best way to ship the heroin consignment, which was stored hid within the trolley beneath the wheat straw.

He stated that the arrested drug smuggler was travelling alongside along with his spouse recognized as Kushalya Bai and son-in-law recognized as Gurmeet Singh of village Dhani Kharas Wali in Fazilka, who managed to flee from the spot.

Not ruling out the potential for the consignment being smuggled by way of riverine route, the DGP stated, “This family was among the few households of border village Mohar Jamsher, who insisted on staying put at their flood-ravaged premises despite repeated requests by the District Administration and Police authorities to move to the safer places.”

Sharing extra particulars, AIG SSOC Fazilka Lakhbir Singh stated that they’re investigating the case from numerous angles and extra restoration is predicted. “We have also booked absconding accused Kaushlya Bai and Gurmeet Singh, and Police teams are on a manhunt to nab them, ” he added.

A case FIR quantity 31 dated 08-09-2023 has been registered below sections 21(C), 29 and 30 of the NDPS Act at Police Station SSOC Fazilka.

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