The Punjab Police ‘drug inspector’ Inderjit Singh, was a ‘cat’ during the militancy era in Punjab and was inducted as a special police officer (SPO) in 1991. Later, he was inducted as a constable.
Inderjit was arrested on Monday after the special task force (STF) recovered 4-kg heroin, an AK-47 and other arms and ammunition besides Rs 16 lakh from his official quarters in Phagwara. He has confessed to having links with drug suppliers in Amritsar region.
Inderjit became a head constable in 2000 and was then given an ad-hoc promotion as inspector. it’s a common practice in Punjab Police to give ad-hoc promotions to cops, with the rider that they would withdraw salary of their original rank.
The term ‘cat’ is used for those who were originally militants or their sympathisers, but later became informers and helped the police hunt down militants.
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