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Drug haul recovery to the tune of Rs 484 cr: Punjab Police

Chandigarh: Punjab Police on Sunday claimed that the value of drugs seized from alleged NRI narcotics dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon`s house was to the tune of Rs 484 crore.

Citing the figure given by Kahlon and Kulwant Singh, who were arrested by Fatehgarh Sahib police in the heroin seizure case, police said the wholesale price of the seized drug in the international market was Rs 121 crore and its retail price was approximately Rs 484 crore.

In recent months, Olympic medallist Vijender Singh and Kahlon alias Ruby, the alleged Canada-based NRI drug dealer who was arrested by police on March 3 in connection with the seizure of 26 kg heroin, had spoken with each other "about 80 times" on their respective cell phones, police said.

A spokesperson of Punjab Police informed that the source of pseudophedrine being smuggled out was the pharmaceutical factory at Meerut being run by a retired DSP of UP Police Kirpal Singh, arrested earlier, and his son Anuj, who is absconding.

The source of heroin was from across the border (Afghanistan-Pakistan), procurement of which was done by the gang king pin and dismissed DSP Jagdish Bhola, who is absconding.

The drugs (heroin, ice and pseudophedrine) were being sent by this group of smugglers to the UK, Canada and Holland.

Consignments were being sent both through air cargo from Delhi and by ship from Mumbai, which was organized by NRI Kulwant Singh and Paramjit Singh (both arrested).

In the UK, the consignments were being received by Latif, a person of Pakistan origin settled in the UK, who is an associate of Kulwant Singh, a UK citizen, at Canada by the father-in-law of Kulwant Singh, Nirankar Singh Dhillon, resident of Toronto and in Holland by Sam and Garry, both of Punjabi origin, but settled in Holland and who are associates of Manpreet Mani, a Canadian national arrested earlier.

Five Chinese associates had visited Chandigarh for quality check of ice and pseudophedrine, in 2010. Their identities have been established and further action is being taken, they said.

As per the spokesperson 15 persons including two Canadians and one British national have been arrested so far in this case, whereas more than 25 other persons in the network are absconding.

Police parties have been dispatched to UP, Delhi and Mumbai apart from several places in Punjab for further investigation and to apprehend the absconders.

The spokesperson said DIG (Counter Intelligence) Ananya Gautam assisted by Fatehgarh Sahib SP (Detective) and the State special operation cell Amritsar, have been deputed to probe the international facets of the smuggling network and appropriately liaise with the UK, Canadian and Holland police.

He said for the good work done in this case 6 constables were today given the rank of Head Constable, 8 Head Constables the rank of ASI, 3 ASIs the rank of Sub-Inspector and 2 Sub Inspectors the rank of Inspector.

He also said that on 31 March, the Fatehgarh Sahib police recovered 10 kg of `ice` (Methamphetamine) and 230 kg of raw material (Pseudophedrine) from which `ice` is made.

Both the manufactured ice and the raw material were being exported to the UK, Canada and Holland by this group of narcotic smugglers through Kulwant Singh, a UK national, who was earlier arrested in this case from Delhi on March 19.

As per Anoop Singh Kahlon and Kulwant Singh, the international retail price of ice is about Rs 5 crore per kg and of raw material about Rs 1 crore per kg and the wholesale price is about one fourth of that.

The seizures were made from the premises of one Satinder Singh Dhama, resident of Panchkula, where 3 kg ice and 75 kg of Pseudophedrine were recovered from a vehicle belonging to Jagdish Bhola.

Satinder and two others are absconding and police parties have been dispatched to apprehend them.

He informed that in this case over 28 kg heroin, over 61 kg Pseudophedrine and and drug money -? Rs1.15 crore and USD 9,000 were earlier recovered by police.

Besides, 50 kg ice had been flushed down the drain by father and brother-in-law of Jaswinder Singh Rocky, when Rocky was arrested on March 3 and before the Police could interrogate him.

Police said it has intensified searches to nab alleged drug racket kingpin Jagdish Bhola, a dismissed Punjab police DSP.

Bhola, who was absconding since March 7, had gone to Sarabjit`s house on March 11 from where he made telephone calls to his associates using a mobile phone registered in the name of Sarabjit`s wife Reet Sidhu.

Police claimed Sarabjit is an active member of the gang of smugglers headed by Kahlon and Bhola.

They alleged that Sarabjit aided Bhola in fleeing and arranged hideouts for him.

Police have arrested around 15 persons in the case so far. Besides Kahlon, six others including his driver Kulwinder Singh alias Rockey, Kuldip Singh (father of Rockey), Sandeep Singh (brother-in-law of Rockey), Gabbar Singh, Manpreet Singh Gill alias Mani and a Ludhiana-based Pharma company employee Sunil Katyal have been arrested.