Punjab Police discovered 38 kilogrammes of heroin hidden in a truck toolbox, arriving from Gujarat on Sunday, said Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav. A tweet by the Punjab DGP mentions that the drugs were smuggled through a sea route in Gujarat. According to DGP Yadav, a foreign-based gangster named Sonu Khatri is the main mastermind behind the narcotics network.
He stated that Punjab Police detained Bittu, a native of Balachaur in the SBS Nagar district, and truck driver Kulwinder Ram. DGP Yadav added that Rajesh Kumar and Som Nath, two smugglers, had cases filed against them.
According to Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, Inspector General of Police for the Ludhiana Range, the cops signalled the truck to stop by the checkpoint. Upon confiscation of the drugs, the accused tried to run, but the team was able to capture the driver and his accomplice. Moreover, they found the drugs hidden in the truck’s toolbox and wrapped in tarpaulin.
According to Senior SP Bhagirath Meena, the truck driver claimed that he came in contact with Rajesh Kumar over the Telegram app. Then, he gave him a specific place to pick up heroin and transport it to Punjab. The defendant said that when he arrived at the scene, an unidentified person came and loaded the narcotics into his truck. Earlier, he claimed that Kulwinder, on the instruction of Rajesh Kumar, had brought two consignments of 10 kg and 20 kg heroin from Srinagar in January and 1 kg from Delhi.
In a video, DGP Yadav stated that cops have zero tolerance for drug peddling and criminal activity. He further stressed that anyone caught engaging in anti-social behaviour would face harsh punishment.