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Four wanted for drug peddling in Punjab held, cops look for more

The arrested drug peddlers in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Source: Express photos) The arrested drug peddlers in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Source: Express photo)
By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: June 23, 2014 8:15 am

The Chandigarh Police arrested four alleged drug peddlers wanted by the Punjab police. The accused, Chhinder Singh, Bachittar Singh, Amarjit Singh and Harpreet Singh, were arrested by separate teams of the Crime Branch.

On Saturday, Chhinder was arrested with 50 grams of charas, while Amarjit was held with 10 grams of heroine. Bachittar was arrested on Sunday with 50 grams heroine and 1.1 kg of charas, while Harpreet had 10 grams heroine with him.

The accused alleged disclosed during interrogation that they shifted base to Chandigarh due to sharp vigil by the Punjab police. They said they sold drugs to college students and disclosed names of more peddlers. The Chandigarh Police has shared this information with the Punjab police to nab the other accused.

Who are the accused?

According to the police, Chhinder Singh is a state-level wrestler and has played kabbadi till the national level. Chhinder’s brother, Harmesh Singh, was arrested by the Punjab Police for carrying three kgs of heroine and is serving a sentence in Ferozepur Jail.

Chhinder was earlier a consumer who started  started selling drugs after his brother’s arrest. When the Punjab police started searching for him during its drive against sale of drugs, Chhinder fled to Chandigarh and targeted college students. Several cases have been registered against Chhinder by the Punjab police.

Bachittar , meanwhile, has been involved in illegal sale of heroine since three years. He was previously arrested by the Punjab police for selling heroine and was convicted of the crime.

After completing his sentence, Bachittar again started peddling drugs and later moved to Chandigarh.

Amarjit, on the other hand, has been a consumer of heroine since two years, police said. To arrange the money for drugs, he started selling drugs in Amritsar. He soon cultivated a network of contacts in Chandigarh and started selling drugs here after the Punjab police launched a special drive against the same.

The fourth accused, Harpreet, belongs to the economically weaker section and was under heavy debt. To earn quick money, he came in contact with Bachittar, who resides in the same village as Harpreet. Harpreet also moved to Chandigarh to sell drugs.

First Published on: June 23, 20143:39 am
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