Narco-terror racket with KLF links busted with arrest of wanted smuggler

Narco-terror racket with KLF links busted with arrest of wanted smuggler

A police constable also nabbed for facilitating drugs and money during lockdown

Rs.12 crore hawala transactions uncovered

Smuggler’s UP-based brother-in-law also arrested

Chandigarh: With the arrest of a wanted heroin smuggler, Punjab Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted an international narco-terror racket with links to the banned Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).

The smuggler identified as Rajinder Singh aka Ganja and Mithu of Jandiala Guru, Amritsar was arrested from Zirakpur area in SAS Nagar district of Punjab on August 19, 2020.

A police constable Karamjit Singh from Sri Muktsar Sahib currently posted as driver with Deputy Director, Chief Chemical Examiner at Kharar, Punjab, has also been arrested. He was allegedly facilitating safe movement of the drugs and money during the lockdown period.

A criminal case under Arms and NDPS Act has been registered at Police Station SSOC, SAS Nagar against Rajinder Singh, who has several other FIRs registered against him in various parts of Punjab, and has been involved in several recent hawala transactions to the tune of Rs 12 crore.

A .32 bore pistol and 4 live cartridges were recovered from the possession of Rajinder Singh, with 530 grams heroin seized later from his flat at Riverdale Aerovista, Zirakpur in SAS Nagar district.

The trail of hawala transaction also led to arrest of his brother-in-law Chirag Rathi from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh (UP) for his involvement in the racket, which has been traced to associates of the now deceased notorious terrorist Harmeet Singh aka PhD, said Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta.

Rajinder Singh had provided a large sum of money to his brother-in-law, who has admitted that he, along with his maternal uncle, had invested more than one crore drug money in purchasing properties and vehicles.

DGP dinker Gupta
Dinker Gupta, Director General of Police, Punjab (file photo)

According to Gupta, Rajinder Singh confessed his involvement in the distribution network of drug supply arranged by Navpreet Singh aka Nav, a notorious smuggler wanted by Punjab police in murder and many drug cases. He had supplied huge quantities of drugs to various smugglers in different parts of Punjab on the direction of Navpreet Singh.

The accused used to receive the drug consignments mostly coming from Srinagar and Delhi for distribution in Punjab. The funds generated out of drug business were sent back to Navpreet through hawala channels. In April 2020 too, Police Commissionerate, Amritsar, had arrested one Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist Hilal Ahmed Wagay when he came to collect drug money on the instructions of Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, a slain HM terrorist.

He had got Aadhar card and passport made with the help of fake documents from UP and was trying to escape from India in the near future, said the DGP, adding that the accused had also made a lot of property in and around Chandigarh and Amritsar.

His interrogation led to the arrest of his brother-in-law Chirag Rathi from Muzaffarnagar, whom he had provided a large sum of money. Rathi has admitted that he, along with his maternal uncle, had invested more than one crore drug money in purchasing properties and vehicles.

After arrest of Ranjit Singh aka Cheetah, a notorious drug smuggler, in May 2020, Rajinder Singh started looking after the distribution network of heroin in Punjab at the behest of Navpreet Singh. He was also wanted in cases under the NDPS Act registered at Police Commissionerate Amritsar, Kapurthala, and Jalandhar (Rural).

Among the major cases registered against him was the onee FIR dated 31.05.2019, registered on May 31, 2019 under various sections of Arms Act and NDPS Act at Police Station Tarsikka, Amritsar (Rural), now under investigation by NIA. This FIR was registered against Jajbir Singh aka Jajj of the KLF and a close associate of Harmeet Singh aka PhD.

Jajj had also confessed during his interrogation that he used to supply heroin through Rajinder Singh in his narco-terror link. Later, in a separate case, two hand grenades were recovered from the possession of Jajj which were supplied by Harmeet PhD from across the border.

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