CLOSE WATCH ON MONEY TRAIL LEADING TO NEW CROSS-BORDER SMUGGLING CASES TO LIGHT, SAYS DGP
Chandigarh, July 20: The Punjab Police has arrested an Army jawan and three more accused in connection with the illegal arms and drug smuggling racket busted last week with the arrest of a BSF personnel and three others.
The total number of persons arrested in the case so far now stands at 8, said DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta, adding that the Punjab Police was actively engaged in following the money trail to eradicate the drug menace from the state, in fulfillment of the promise made by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to eradicate the drug menace from the State.
Giving details of the latest arrests, the DGP said that Ramandeep Singh, an Indian Army soldier, was apprehended from Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), where he was currently posted, on the basis of disclosures made by BSF Constable Sumit Kumar, who was arrested alongwith three accomplices by Jalandhar (Rural) police a week ago. Ramandeep’s three accomplices, Taranjot Singh @ Tanna, Jagjit Singh @ Laddi and Satinder Singh @ Kaala, have also been arrested and are being brought on production warrants. Another Rs 10 lakh has been recovered from Kala as drug money, taking the total amount of such money seized in the case to Rs. 42.30 lacs.
Sumit, who belonged to the same village- Magar Mudian PS Dorangla District Gurdaspur, as Ramandeep,, had disclosed during questioning that he was lured by his village classmate the Army jawan, into the cross-border narco-weapons smuggling racket. The duo was also lodged together in Gurdaspur Jail after committing a murder in their village. Sumit Kumar was bailed out on 04.01.2018 and Ramandeep Singh was bailed out on 14.09.2019.
According to the DGP, Ramandeep was running the drugs and weapons smuggling racket in conspiracy with Taranjot Singh @ Tanna and Satinder Singh @ Kaala. Kaala was, for some time, lodged in Amritsar Jail, where he came in contact with Maulvi @ Mulla, a Pakistani national, who introduced him to Pakistani smugglers. Gupta said that from Amritsar Jail, Satinder was shifted to Kapurthala jail where he befriended Taranjot Singh @ Tanna and made him into an accomplice. After Kaala underlined the need for involvement of a BSF man in the racket, Ramandeep Singh persuaded Sumit to join the drug smuggling module.
Throwing light on modus operandi of the gang, the DGP said that Sumit used to send photographs of the fencing, drug-delivery locations and others to Tanna and Kaala. After the delivery of the consignment on the Indian side at a pre-determined time and place, three other accomplices of Tanna used to collect it from Sumit Kumar. Gupta said that Jagjit Singh @ Laddi used to provide his Swift car to them for transport of the drug consignments.
The Director General of Police said that, based on investigations carried out so far, these accused are suspected to have been smuggled in 42 packets of heroin, a 9 mm foreign made Pistol (with 80 live rounds and 2 live rounds of 12 bore gun) so far, adding that they had received Rs.39 lakh as drug proceeds from Pakistan based smugglers so far. He said that out of Rs. 39 Lac, Rs. 32.30 lakh was received by Sumit Kumar to be distributed equally between him and Ramandeep Singh.
In line with its strategy of ‘following the money trail’ to hit out hard at the various pillars of the drug smuggling and supply trade, based in Pakistan, UAE and various parts of India, such as Punjab, J&K, Delhi etc, the Punjab Police has successfully busted many modules in the narco-terrorism supply chain, which is operated under the direct watch of the ISI as well as the rest of the Pak establishment to finance its terror operations, said the DGP.