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Recovery of weapons: Accused exchanged 200 calls with Pakistan accomplice, say police

According to the police, Bholu would use an Indian SIM to talk to Imtiaz but got a Pakistani SIM from the latter during his visit to Thailand in October last year.

Gurjant Singh alias ‘Bholu’, one of the three notorious criminals who was arrested with Pakistani-made weapons, allegedly exchanged 200 phone calls with his Pakistani accomplice Imtiaz who was supplying drugs and weapons to them. The police said that most of the calls were made from Haveliyan, Bholu’s native village, after his visit to Thailand.

According to the police, Bholu would use an Indian SIM to talk to Imtiaz but got a Pakistani SIM from the latter during his visit to Thailand in October last year.

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Bholu, according to sources, called Imtiaz 200 times using the Pakistani SIM for getting drug consignments through the border areas of Fazilika and Rajasthan. As per sources, 20 such consignments were received from across the border, which would be delivered to clients across the state by unemployed youths roped in by the accused.

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“They would also get in touch with big smugglers from across the country to supply drugs,” said a police source.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that there were some pockets along the border where the Pakistani network was functional and the accused were taking advantage of it. He said that further investigation was on.

On Wednesday, a Kharar court sent the accused— Bhola, Sandeep and Jatinder Singh alias Jindi— to judicial custody in an arms case registered against them. The three, however, will remain in police custody for four days in a forgery case which was also registered against them at Kharar (city) police station after the recovery of fake driving licences and other documents.

Meanwhile, the police said that they had identified the Ludhiana-based man who used to provide these documents to the accused. But the police refused to divulge the identity of the man.

First published on: 07-01-2016 at 04:51 IST
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