THE POLICE have arrested another Border Security Force (BSF) personnel for allegedly assisting notorious smuggler Gurjant Singh alias Bholu and his gang in smuggling drug consignments from Pakistan.
The accused has been identified as Prem Singh, a resident of Nushehra Dhalla village in Tarn Taran district. He belongs to 72nd battalion of BSF and is currently posted in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on India-Pakistan border. The police had earlier arrested Anil Kumar of the same battalion allegedly for helping the gang in smuggling.
Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the accused was arrested from his native village late on Monday evening. The accused had came to his village on leave.
The SSP said that Prem Singh came in contact with Bholu in 2014 through his friend Harchand Singh, who also belongs to the same village, during his posting at Indo-Pak border in Fazilika district. A meeting between Bholu and Prem Singh was facilitated by Harchand Singh. After the meeting, Bholu and his accomplice Sandeep Singh, who was also arrested by the police, gave Rs 50,000 and two mobile phones to Prem Singh.
According to the SSP, accused Bholu gave two SIM cards to Prem Singh and also told him about their Pakistani link Imtiaz who was their main supplier. It was Prem Singh who helped Bholu in getting consignments of Pakistani-made weapons and two consignments of 30 kg heroin each between August and November in 2014 through Fazilika border.
The SSP said that during the interrogation, Prem Singh told the police that he used to engage other cops in conversations to divert their attention while Bholu along with his other accomplices used to slip away with their consignments.
The SSP said that Prem Singh was recruited in BSF in 1993 after completing his matric and during his 22-year- long service he was posted at many sensitive borders, including Assam border, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal. Manipur and Tripura.
“He was transferred to Fazilika in 2014 where he came in contact with Bholu and started helping him. At present, he is posted in Rajasthan. We are probing the role of other people who helped the notorious gangsters,” said the SSP.
The SSP added that Prem Singh was produced in a court on Tuesday and sent to four-day police remand.