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Two arrested with 13 kg heroin along IB

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24

In an intelligence-led operation, the Punjab Police on Friday arrested two Pakistan-backed drug smugglers in the Khem Karan sector of Tarn Taran along the International Border (IB) and seized 13 kg heroin from them. A manhunt has been launched for their third accomplice.

With the arrest of Jora Singh and his associate Ranjit Singh, alias Rana Singh, who were planning to deliver the consignment to drug syndicates and suppliers across the state, a nexus between smugglers operating in Punjab and their handlers in Pakistan has been exposed, said DGP Dinkar Gupta. The operation was carried out by a team led by Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman Nimbale. An FIR under various sections of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Jora Singh was kept under surveillance following specific information. Out on bail since March 2020, he was apprehended in August 2019 by security agencies near the border for suspicious activities. Four FIRs are already registered against him for drug smuggling. He had amassed a number of properties without any known source of income.

Gupta said initial investigations revealed Jora Singh, along with associates Pawandeep Singh and Ranjit Singh, was in touch with Pakistan-based smugglers and was trying to procure a heroin consignment from Pakistan into the area of BSF's border outpost Rattoke under Khem Karan police station. They had also conducted recce near the IB at Rattoke village.

Ranjit Singh, a resident of Havelian, Tarn Taran, admitted to having organised the delivery of a heroin consignment that was scheduled to arrive in the BOP Rattoke area from Pakistan.

from The Tribune

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