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Ludhiana: College student among three caught by STF with opium, heroin

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 22-10-2021 HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
One of the drug peddlers in the STF custody in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/Hindustan Times) © Provided by Hindustan Times One of the drug peddlers in the STF custody in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/Hindustan Times)

The Ludhiana unit of special task force (STF) has arrested three drug peddlers, including a BCom student, and recovered 2.5kg heroin, 5kg opium, and 66,500 drug money. The STF also seized a car being used in the crime.

The accused are Mangat Singh, 55, of Satjot Nagar on Dhandra Road, Satinder Singh, 57, of Dugri Phase 1 and Madhur Gupta, 23, of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. Mangat is a realtor, while Satinder is a deed writer. Madhur is pursuing his bachelor’s degree from a university in Uttar Pradesh.

Snehdeep Sharma, AIG, STF (Ludhiana Range) said on October 18, a team led by STF incharge Harbans Singh had arrested Mangat from Shiv Chowk in Moti Nagar area on the basis of a tip-off and recovered 1.5kg heroin, 1.5kg opium and 14,500 drug money from him.

During questioning, Mangat revealed that he worked as a realtor and entered the drug trade around four years ago. The court had sent him to three-day STF custody on October 19 and then during further investigation, he informed the team about Satinder and Madhur.

Following the information provided by Mangat, the STF arrested Satinder from his residence on October 19 and recovered 500g opium and 52,000 drug money. During his questioning, Satinder told the STF that he worked as a deed writer and had a habit of consuming opium for the past over a decade.

Third accused Madhur was arrested on October 21 from GT Road at Shambu village in Patiala when he was travelling towards Ludhiana from Ambala side.

“The accused was travelling in a Maruti Swift Dzire car and had pasted a sticker of ‘Crime Intelligence Force’ on the windshield of the vehicle in an attempt to avoid getting checked at nakas. The team had recovered 1.5kg heroin and 3kg opium which was hidden in the car of the accused,” the AIG said.

A case under section 21 and 18 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the STF’s Mohali police station.

6 nabbed for smuggling drugs, liquor

Jagraon police initiated a special drive against drugs and liquor smugglers and recovered a cache of contraband with the arrest of six persons in four different cases on Thursday.

In the first case, the CIA staff of Jagraon police arrested Avtar Singh alias Matari and Daljit Singh alias Golu of Kothe Sher Jung village for drug peddling. The police recovered 100gm heroin from their possession and also confiscated a Royal Enfield motorcycle which the accused were riding.

A case under sections 21 and 25 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the Jagraon City police station.

In the second case, the police arrested Hardeep Singh alias Bhana of Jagraon and recovered five cartons of illicit liquor from his possession. A case under sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against him.

In the third case, Gurjeet Singh alias Laddi of Dhatt village was caught during a special checking. The police recovered 3,000 intoxicant pills from his Maruti Swift Dzire car. A case under sections 22 and 25 of the NDPS Act has been lodged against him.

Jagraon Sadar police have also arrested Swarn Singh and Sikandar Singh of Galib Kalan village with 40 bottles of illicit liquor. A case under sections 61,1 and 14 of Excise act has been lodged against the accused.They have also been booked under similar provisions of the Excise Act.

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