Man from MP held for smuggling drugs to state

The Government Railway Police has arrested a Madhya Pradesh resident for his alleged involvement in bringing fake parcels containing drugs to the state.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published:June 23, 2012 3:11 am

The Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested a Madhya Pradesh resident for his alleged involvement in bringing fake parcels containing drugs to the state. The consignments,which were reportedly from Mansor,were meant for sale in Punjab,where the drugs are sold at double the rates.

According to sources,in the recent past,three consignments of drugs (one of opium and two of poppy husk) were sent from Mansor in Madhya Pradesh to Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The first consignment of poppy husk,which came to Jalandar in 13 plastic drums — each weighing 10 kg — were delivered.

Following this,a consignment of 135-kg of poppy husk was sent for Ludhiana and 2.5 kg opium for Jalandhar from Mansor. Both these consignments were confiscated by the police,who found that the identity of the sender as well as the receiver was fake.

In all the three cases,the sender was one person — one Mukesh Mehta from Mansor. While for Jalandhar,the receiver was Surjit Singh,for Ludhiana,it was Kamaljeet Singh. As the police tracked the phone number of the sender,which was genuine,they traced him to be Ashif Khan (32),a Mansor resident.

“Khan was arrested on Tuesday and during interrogation,he admitted that he had faked his identity and was sending the parcels as Mukesh Mehta. He also said that the actual receiver was one Satman Singh,who works in the Food Corporation of India (FCI) as labourer. Satman had faked his identity in the form of Surjit and Kamaljeet. But he was just a delivery boy,the actual recipient was somebody else,’’ said an official.

After Khan’s arrest,the GRP on Thursday,sent him to the joint interrogation centre in Amritsar for further questioning. Khan reportedly told the police that the actual recipient of these consignments was one Gursharan Singh Talwandi,a sarpanch in Moga district. Talwandi,who was also a truck driver,had met him in Mansor. The police are currently on the lookout for Talwandi.

Additional Director General of Police (Railways) R P Meena said,“These drug consignments came in the last couple of months from Madhya Pradesh. These are sold here at very high rates — one kg of opium which costs for Rs 17,000 in MP,is sold here for Rs 50,000. On the other hand,one kg of poppy husk,which costs Rs 100 there,is sold for Rs 1,000 in Punjab.’’

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