In a major crackdown, the Punjab Police and Counter Intelligence arrested two persons, who were smuggling poppy husk from Rajasthan to Punjab.

Both accused have been identified as Dharamjit Singh who is resident of village Landeke district Moga and Gurbir Singh, a resident of village Rattian in district Moga. The truck loaded with 180 bags of poppy husk was impounded.

Speaking in a Press conference, AIG Counter Intelligence, HPS Khakh said the kingpins of this smuggling module are Jagdev Singh alias Deban and Shinder Singh who are residents of “Daulewala” village of Moga district, infamous for drug smuggling.  They along with their another counterpart Butta Singh, a resident of village Charik in Moga, were smuggling poppy husk from a long spam.

He said that Counter intelligence Wing Jalandhar was keeping a close watch on the activities of drug smugglers of village “Daulewala”.  It came to the notice that smugglers led by “Deban” planned to take one heavy consignment of poppy husk from Rajasthan. For this, they hired Dharmjit to procure this consignment from Rahul, a poppy husk contractor who is resident of Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in a big long truck, Khakh said.

He said that today early morning, they got tip-off information that these smugglers are coming from Rajasthan to Punjab in a truck number PB 07 U 1945, which is fully covered with tarpaulin and a Scorpio number PB 29 N 9314 is escorting this consignment.

This information was immediately shared with district chief of Moga Police  Gurpreet Singh Toor IPS and police parties were alerted in the area to apprehend this consignment.

Jagdev Singh alias Deban, Shinder Singh, Buta Singh, taking advantage of the darkness managed to flee from the spot in a white Scorpio car number PB 29 N 9314, Khakh said. One kg of poppy husk is sold at Rs 3000 per kilogram, so the recovered consignment is worth crores of rupees, he said adding the same was hidden under bananas.