A BSF constable and two others have been arrested in reference to a cross-border smuggling racket of medication and weapons, the Punjab Police mentioned on Sunday.
A .30 bore pistol of Chinese language make together with 5 dwell cartridges and Rs 24.50 lakh have been recovered from the three accused, recognized as Border Safety Power Constable Rajendra Prashad and two locals, Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh, Director Normal of Police Dinkar Gupta mentioned.
The Punjab Police is working to nab kingpin Satnam Singh alias Satta, extradited from Muscat, Oman, the place he had fled after he was declared a proclaimed offender in two smuggling instances. He used a pretend passport and Aadhaar card issued within the identify of Gurmeet Singh to flee, Gupta mentioned, including that the accused had 5 instances of smuggling registered in opposition to him earlier.
The BSF constable is a resident of Ganga Nagar district of Rajasthan and was posted at a border outpost at Chhina village in Tarn Taran district.
He’s the second BSF constable to be arrested just lately by the Punjab police in a cross-border smuggling racket. A couple of days earlier, the police had arrested one other BSF constable, Sumit Kumar, posted at Sambha in Jammu and Kashmir, in one other related smuggling case.
Performing on a tip-off, a Jalandhar Rural police group had on July 26 apprehended two smugglers, who have been travelling in a automotive from Delhi. The police had recovered 25 gm of heroin from them. On questioning, the duo recognized themselves as Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh.
Additional investigation led to the restoration of the pistol together with 5 dwell rounds. Throughout questioning, the duo additionally revealed that they have been working with a cross-border smuggler, Satnam Singh alias Satta, a resident of Taran Tarn district who was intently linked with Pakistan-based smugglers for smuggling of medication and weapons from Pakistan. Additionally they disclosed that BSF constable Rajendra Prashad was part of the smuggling racket.
The DGP mentioned that he contacted his counterparts within the BSF and Rajasthan, DGP BSF and DGP Rajasthan, and requested for assist from the central businesses, for arresting the BSF constable, who was apprehended by the Punjab Police from his residence in Rawala Mandi, the place he was on go away.
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 submit. He then allowed the gang to herald a consignment of 17 kg of heroin and two foreign-made pistols in Might. 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 prematurely for receiving this composite consignment.
The DGP mentioned 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.