A BSF constable and two others have been arrested in a cross-border smuggling racket of medication and weapons, the Punjab police stated on Sunday.
A .30 bore, made-in-China pistol together with 5 stay cartridges and Rs 24.50 lakh had been recovered from the three accused, recognized as Border Safety Pressure Constable Rajendra Prashad and two locals, Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh, stated Director Normal of Police Dinkar Gupta.
The BSF constable, a resident of Ganga Nagar district of Rajasthan, was posted at a Border Outpost at Chhina village in Taran Tarn district.
Mr Prashad is the second BSF constable arrested lately by the Punjab police in a cross-border smuggling racket. The police had arrested one other BSF constable, Sumit Kumar, posted at Sambha in Jammu and Kashmir, in one other cross-border smuggling case.
Giving particulars of the operation, Gupta stated appearing on a tip-off, a Jalandhar Rural police crew had on July 26 apprehended two smugglers, who had been coming in a automotive from Delhi.
The cops had recovered 25 gm of heroin from them. On questioning, the duo recognized themselves as Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh.
Surmail’s additional questioning led to the restoration of the pistol together with 5 stay rounds.
Throughout questioning, the duo had additionally revealed that they had been working with a cross-border smuggler, Satnam Singh alias Satta, a resident of Taran Tarn district.
Satta was intently linked with Pak-based smugglers in smuggling heroin and weapons from Pakistan.
Additionally they disclosed that BSF constable Rajendra Prashad was additionally concerned within the smuggling racket.
The DGP stated he contacted his counterparts within the BSF and Rajasthan for the arrest of the BSF constable.
He was apprehended by the Punjab police on July 28 from his residence in Rawala Mandi, the place he was availing his depart, stated the DGP in a press release in Chandigarh.
Throughout questioning, the BSF constable revealed that he had been roped into the drug smuggling racket by Satnam Singh, who promised him cash for ignoring the smuggling of arms and narcotics consignment by way of his border submit.
He then allowed the gang to herald a consignment of 17 kg of heroin and two foreign-made pistols in Could.
This time once more, Satnam Singh, in connivance with Rajendra Prashad, Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh, was to herald one other consignment of heroin and arms from his Pakistan-based handlers.
Satnam had allegedly given Rs 5 lakh and a cell phone to Prashad upfront for receiving this composite consignment.
The DGP stated out of Rs 24.5 lakh, Rs 15 lakh was recovered from the residence of Satnam Singh, Rs 5 lakh from the BSF constable and Rs 4.5 lakh from Gurjant Singh.
The police had been working to get the kingpin, Satnam Singh, extradited from Muscat, Oman, the place he had fled after he was declared proclaimed offender in two smuggling circumstances.
He used a pretend Passport and Aadhar card issued within the identify of Gurmeet Singh to flee, stated DGP Gupta.
The accused had 5 circumstances of smuggling registered in opposition to him earlier.
Satnam Singh’s ill-gotten property, which he had bought utilizing drug cash within the identify of his household relative Maninder Kaur at Sandhu Colony Amritsar, has been frozen, he added.
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