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CHANDIGARH: Amidst the ongoing war against drugs waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, Amritsar Rural Police have busted a major trans-border narcotics smuggling ring with the arrest of a smuggler after recovering 15kg heroin from his possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Wednesday.

The arrested drug smuggler has been identified as Harpreet Singh a native of Chohla Sahib, presently residing at New Ranjitpura in Amritsar. Apart from recovering heroin, Police teams have also impounded a white-coloured Hyundai Grand i-10 car (PB 02 EL 7922), in which he was travelling.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following the inputs from the Village Level Defence Committee, Amritsar Rural Police carried out an intelligence-based operation in the area of Police Station Kathunangal and arrested accused Harpreet Singh after recovering heroin consignment from his Grand i-10 car. The heroin was concealed in a sack, he said.

He said that following the forward and backward linkages Police have also nominated four associates of accused Harpreet. Those nominated have been identified as Gagandeep Singh alias Guggu alias Haddi, Rahul Singh and Harpreet Singh alias Happy Jatt, all resident of Jandiala Guru, and Gagandeep Singh of Khadoor Sahib.

Divulging more details, DIG Border Range Amritsar Narinder Bhargav said that the preliminary investigations in the case have revealed that the heroin consignment belonged to drug smuggler Happy Jatt and arrested accused Harpreet Singh was going to deliver the consignment on his directions. Accused Happy Jatt is the main kingpin and most wanted Drug Smuggler of this belt, he added.

He said that further investigations are on and the remaining accused persons will be arrested soon.

A case FIR no. 101 dated 5.9.2023 has been registered under sections 21C and 25 of the NDPS Act Police Station Kathunangal in Amritsar.



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