Police in Amritsar has arrested a man with 17 kilograms of heroin he had allegedly smuggled from Jammu and Kashmir. The accused, reportedly, had hidden the contraband underneath his Innova cab registration PB01A6708.
The smuggled narcotic was seized a few days after the Amristar Rural Police recovered 39 packets of heroin from near the Panjgraian Border Outpost (BOP) of Amritsar from Pakistan-based smugglers.
The accused, who has been identified as Ranjit Singh alias Sonu, a resident of Shaheed Udham Singh Colony, Amritsar, was using two specially designed and fabricated compartments and had fitted them underneath the four-wheeler to smuggle the contraband without being arrested.
The police learned about the accused after they received a tip-off that he was on his way to Amritsar via Pathankot, The Indian Express reported.
SSP Amritsar (Rural) Gulneet Singh Khurana formed two teams – supervised by ASP Majitha Abhimanyu Rana and DSP Detective Amritsar Rural Gurinder Pal Nagra – to arrest the accused.
Gupta said, “The police teams successfully intercepted the Innova car being driven by Sonu in Madhopur and recovered 16 packets of heroin, weighing 16.87 kg, concealed inside specially designed cavities beneath the vehicle. “
During the course of interrogation, the accused revealed that he picked this consignment from Naushera area of J&K on the instructions of Ranjit Singh alias Rana of Patti in Tarn Taran and Malkeet Singh alias Laddu. Rana is currently lodged at the Faridkot jail while Laddu is lodged at the Sri Muktsar Sahib Jail. As per cops, Rana is the kingpin of the racket.