The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recently arrested another accused with contraband being smuggled from Delhi, suggesting there exists a drug route that starts from the national capital. This turns the popular perception about the drug route, starting from Afghanistan and entering Punjab via its border with Pakistan, on its head.
On March 11, the DRI arrested Vijay Kumar, a carpenter, with 2.5 kg heroin smuggled from Delhi for consumption in Amritsar.
This is the second case that has come to light in which drug smugglers have pushed heroin from Delhi to Amritsar.
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Vijay told the DRI that he was given the consignment by a truck driver, who had brought it from Delhi via road. Vijay was supposed to sell it to drug consumers.
Earlier, the DRI sleuths had arrested a vendor, Avtar Singh, on January 29 with 1.7 kg heroin from a passenger bus coming from Delhi to Amritsar.
Alarmingly, the quality of the heroin recovered in both cases suggests that it was manufactured in India. DRI officials said it was possible that the drug smugglers have been producing it in Rajasthan for sale in Punjab.
“Majha region of Punjab has emerged as a big market for drug smugglers. They have been finding consumers here. While all the state and central agencies have been focusing on the popular route via India-Pakistan border, indigenous heroin has being pushed into Amritsar and other surrounding districts. This is second case exposed by us within two months that shows that Delhi route is also active for smugglers,” said a DRI official.
He added, “The agencies in Punjab will now have to work out a double strategy. One to mind the popular route and the other to keep a tab on the new route.”
BSF arrests two with heroin
Amritsar: BSF personnel Saturday arrested two Indian nationals and claimed to have seized contraband from them in Amritsar sector.
The sentries deployed in Border Outpost Fatehpur saw two men, identified as Ranjha Singh and Sonu Kumar Sharma of Dhugh village in Amritsar, attempting to throw a packet of contraband over the fence towards the Indian side. “The BSF troops apprehended them. They conducted a search of the area and found three more packets of contraband, suspected to be heroin, along with a pistol (9 mm), two pistol magazines and 15 rounds of live ammunition,” said a BSF official . Both Ranjha and Sonu have agriculture land on the other side of the fence and were provided passes by the BSF.
“We provide passes on the recommendation of the sarpanch. It is always our responsibility to keep a tab on all the farmers and our vigilance nabbed both accuse red-handed. Police would probe the nexus and mastermind,” said the BSF official. ens