Another narco-gangster module linked with Attari heroin case busted in Punjab

Another narco-gangster module linked with Attari heroin case busted in Punjab

Chandigarh:  In a significant breakthrough that may lead to cracking seizure of 532 Kg heroin coming from Pakistan through Attari (Amritsar) last year, the Punjab Police has busted a major narco-gangster module with the arrest of three persons allegedly linked to this sensational drug case.

Six illegal weapons have been seized from the accused, and a case against them at Police Station Bhikiwind in Tarn Taran district under relevant sections the IPC, NDPS Act, Arms Act and Disaster Management Act. The weapons recovered from them included a 12 bore double barrel rifle, a 32 bore Beretta pistol, two 32 bore pistols, a 12 bore pistol and a 315 bore pistol, along with 2 live rounds of 315 bore and 2 live rounds of 32 bore.

Within last 5 days, this is the third major breakthrough achieved by the Punjab Police in busting narco-gangster nexus.

Those arrested have been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Bhikiwind, Sukhdev Singh of Jeoneke and Sarabjit Singh of Wara. Gurpreet was reportedly in direct contact with several gangsters and drug smugglers currently in prison.

Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab, Dinkar Gupta said  Gurpreet Singh’s questioning had revealed that he was in direct contact with Shubham, a Batala based gangster and a prime accused in the case of armed robbery of nearly Rs. 7 Crore from a jewellery shop in Amritsar in 2018.  He was arrested in 2019 and is currently lodged in Central Jail, Amritsar. Based on the forensic and technical investigation conducted so far, it has been found that Gurpreet Singh was in contact with Shubham, and supplied weapons to his associates in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur areas.

Investigation revealed that Gurpreet Singh was in direct contact with Kuldip Singh aka Babbu of village Havelian under Police Station Sarai Amanat Khan, Tarn Taran. Babbu is a brother of Ranjit Rana aka Cheeta, the prime accused in the 532 kg heroin case, and arrested recently by the Punjab Police. Babbu, an accused in three cases of NDPS Act, including a case of 22 kg heroin registered in 2014 by SSOC, Amritsar, is currently lodged in Central Jail, Amritsar.

According to the DGP Gupta, an in-depth forensic and technical analysis of the mobile devices of Gurpreet Singh and his associates was being conducted. The links of the gang with gangster Shubham and major drug smugglers, including the accused of the 532 kg heroin haul from Attari border, was also being investigated further.

Three other Ferozepur-based associates of the gang have been identified. They were found to be actively involved in supply of weapons into Harike, Patti and Bhikiwind areas of Tarn Taran. Surya of village Katora under police station Arifke, Ferozepur, has been identified as another key associate of Shubham, who was involved in the illegal weapons supply, in coordination with Gurpreet Singh.

Links of Gurpreet Singh had also been traced to Sarabjit Singh aka Saaba of Lahore Chowk, Patti of Tarn Taran, who is an accused in a case of 13 kg heroin and is also now lodged in Central Jail, Amritsar. Gurpreet Singh has repeatedly procured commercial scale heroin consignments from the above smugglers.

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