Chandigarh, October 5 : In yet another crackdown on the international drug and weapon smuggling networks being operated from across the border, Punjab Police arrested two wanted members on Sunday in follow up action against the recently busted international drug and weapon smuggling racket, which was being operated by BSF constable Sumit Kumar@ Noni. A 7.65 mm Pistol, etched with made in Italy markings, heroin, drug proceeds, two mobile phones, 2 wi-fi Dongles and a KTM racing bike were recovered from the accused.

Disclosing this here today, DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta disclosed that the two accused were arrested on 4th October from near Kartarpur in Jalandhar when they were on a heroin deliver mission. The two arrested include Simranjeet Singh @ Simran (26 years) of village Dhirpur, Jalandhar district and Balram Singh (26) of village Surakhpur, Kapurthala district. The KTM bike the drug smugglers/dealers were riding had been stolen from the parking lot of a private university. A case has been registered against them in PS Kartarpur under the relevant sections of NDPS Act, Arms Act and the IPC. Simranjeet was an absconding criminal in the murder case of sand gravel businessmen of village Hamira (Kapurthala) about 10 months ago in village Dhirpur.

Sharing further details, AIG CI Jalandhar Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh informed that the Punjab Police had earlier arrested one Amanpreet Singh of Dhirpur village in a murder case of sand gravel businessmen of village Hamira. And it had been found that Amanpreet and his brothers were in contact with one Shah Musa of Pakistan for smuggling of drugs across the international border. During the probe, it had further come to light that Amanpreet had come into contact with Shah Musa through BSF constable Sumit who had been lodged in Gurdaspur jail in connection with a murder case. The conspiracy to smuggle drugs and weapons from across the border had been hatched in Gurdaspur jail. After getting bail in the murder case, Sumit was posted at a guard tower at the international border with Pakistan in Samba sector of Jammu from where he kept in constant touch with trans-border smugglers who were further in contact with Shah Musa in Pakistan.

DGP had earlier shared that Sumit had facilitated the entry and delivery of 40 packets of heroin and a Zigana 9mm pistol over the border fence where he was deployed. He kept the pistol for himself after the delivery of heroin to some unidentified persons. Sumit had received Rs. 39 lakh for the successful influx of drugs and weapons, in two instalments of Rs 15 lakh and Rs. 24 lakh.

Khakh stated that Simranjeet Singh alias Simran, who was the real brother of Amanpreet Singh, had admitted that he and his brothers had shot dead sand gravel businessman Jagjit Singh of village Hamira. DGP revealed that three criminal cases were already registered against him while his accomplice Balram Singh also facing a case under Arms Act registered at PS Kotwali Kapurthala. He had been released on bail on from Kapurthala Jail due to corona pandemic.

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