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Punjab cop caught in helping drug racket

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Punjab Special Task Force (STF) on Monday arrested Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Inspector Inderjit Singh for being involving in nefarious activities with smugglers of narcotics.

Punjab police said during 2013 and 2014, Inderjit had played a big role in providing protection to smugglers of narcotics operating in his jurisdiction. 

The prima-facie accuse himself was organising smuggling and trafficking of narcotics through various associates, police said.

He had made recoveries of narcotics but these were with the motive of obtaining illegal gratification from those in his custody on the promise of helping them in these cases and later getting some of them acquitted and causing loss to the state, police added.

"Officers who have performed commendably will be suitably acknowledged. The matter is an ongoing investigation with the objective of unearthing the entire network of smugglers," Punjab's Additional Director General of Police (STF), Harpreet Singh Sidhu, said while addressing a press conference in Chandigarh. He further said that the prima-facie has been involved in total ten cases where he was involved in nefarious activities out of which three cases have been investigated and FIRs are registered against him.

Police raided Inderjit's house at Police Lines, Jalandhar, at 5 a.m. and recovered live cartridge of various calibre, one illegal 9 mm pistol made in Italy, cash worth Rs 16.50 lakh including 3,550 British pounds. The police also took an Innova car in their possession. 

Adding to it, the recovery of four kilogram of heroin and three kilogram smack was made from his another house in Phagwara has been made by police. Police have registered a case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 and Arms act against the prima-facie.