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Punjab Police busts inter-state pharma drug cartel operating from jail

Two jail inmates among 4 arrested during the operation undertaken by the police as part of an ongoing drive against drugs in the state.

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

In the ongoing drive against drugs in Punjab, police in Fatehgarh Sahib have busted an inter-state pharmaceutical drug cartel running from jail with the arrest of four persons including two jail inmates and a supplier after recovering 5.31 lakh Pharma opioids from their possession.

Those arrested have been identified as Sunny Kumar of Ludhiana and Ranjit Singh alias Rinku of Ludhiana, while Eshaan Gupta and Ravi Kumar were brought on production warrant from Central Jail Ludhiana.

Divulging details, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Ropar range, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said during a special nakabandi, the Fatehgarh Police on 23 January arrested Sunny Kumar after recovering 19,590 intoxicant tablets from his possession.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Fatehgarh Sahib, Ravjot Grewal said during questioning, the accused revealed that he was supplying the intoxicant tablets to customers on the directions of Eshaan Gupta and Ravi Kumar, who contact him using mobile phones from Central Jail Ludhiana.

Following their disclosure, police had brought both the accused persons on a production warrant, she added. The police have also recovered a Samsung Guru mobile phone, which they were using in the jail.

The DIG said that both the accused have revealed that they got pharma drug supplies from Ranjit Rinku and the police also arrested him on Saturday. “On the basis of the accused Ranjit Rinku’s disclosures, the police teams have recovered 3.60 lakh tablets of Lomotil and 1.51 lakh tablets of Tramadol from pinpointed locations in Ludhiana,” he added.

SSP Fatehgarh Sahib said they have procured a police remand of accused Ranjit Rinku and further investigations are on to find out the main supplier. More recoveries are expected, she added.He said this is a part of the continuing operations by Fatehgarh Sahib Police in it’s attempt to break the supply chain and nexus of pharmaceutical opoids in the state of Punjab.