Inter-state gang of drug peddlers busted, 3.23 quintal poppy husk. Continuing its spree against drugs mafia in the district, the Jalandhar (Rural) Police on Sunday busted a four member inter-state gang of drug peddlers and recovered 3.23 quintal of Poppy Husk from them. While two accused were commuting in a car, two others were coming towards Jalandhar in a truck. Both the vehicles were commuting together from Pathankot side to Jalandhar.Acting on a tip off from Counter Intelligence Pathankot team, the police party conducted the checking of vehicles near Bidhipur Railway crossing on the outskirts of city and recovered five bags of poppy husk from a Honda City car.
The accused were identified as Joginder Mann alias Kala, a resident of village Sikanderpur near Adampur and his accomplice Raj Kumar, a resident of village Arjanwal near also near Adampur. The other two accused were Ramesh Lal hailing from Kapoorpur village of Jammu district and his accomplice Lakhmi Chand from Nangla village of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a press conference, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Counter Intelligence Randhir Singh Uppal and Superintendent of Police (SP) Balkar Singh said that they recovered five bags of poppy husk from the Honda City car bearing number CH-03 W 8116 driven by Joginder Mann and his accomplice Raj Kumar. The AIG said that similarly, 12 bags were recovered in a specially built cabin in a truck bearing number JK-02 AQ 9185 driven by Ramesh Lal and his accomplice Lakhmi Chand.SP Balkar said that during the investigation Ramesh Lal revealed that he along with Lakhmi Chand used to bring the poppy husk from one Mashooq Ahmed, a resident of village Poonch in Jammu and supplied it to Joginder Mann and Rajkumar in the truck owned by Mashooq Ahmed. He said that Joginder Mann was doing this business from last around seven years and two cases under NDPS Act were already registered against him.SP Balkar Singh said that Joginder Mann was earlier lodged in Kapurthala Jail and was out on bail in one of these cases from March 2017.The SP said that a case number 115 was registered against the four accused under section 51, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. He said that further investigation in the case was going on.
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