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 reside cartridges and Rs 24.50 lakh had been recovered from the three accused, recognized as Border Safety Power 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 not too long ago 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 performing on a tip-off, a Jalandhar Rural police staff 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 reside 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 carefully linked with Pak-based smugglers in smuggling heroin and weapons from Pakistan.
In addition 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 go away, stated the DGP in an announcement 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 his border put up.
He then allowed the gang to usher in 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 usher in 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 faux Passport and Aadhar card issued within the title of Gurmeet Singh to flee, stated DGP Gupta.
The accused had 5 circumstances of smuggling registered towards him earlier.
Satnam Singh’s ill-gotten property, which he had bought utilizing drug cash within the title of his household relative Maninder Kaur at Sandhu Colony Amritsar, has been frozen, he added.
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