Chandigarh – In two major crackdowns, the Punjab Police have arrested three poppy husk smugglers, including an A category smuggler, giving a major boost to the Captain Amarinder Singh led government’s campaign against drugs. Jagir Singh alias Zeera, hailing from the notorious Daulewal village in Moga, was nabbed by the Special Operations Teams (SOT) of Jalandhar Counter-Intelligence Wing and Jalandhar Police Commissionerate.A proclaimed offender in about a dozen drug cases, Zeera was a big fish’ who had been managing to evade the Police dragnet for the last 14 years. Two big trucks fully loaded with Poppy husk were intercepted by two different teams of SOT in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, said a police spokesperson, adding that with these seizures, a dangerous chain of drug smuggling, flowing freely from MP and Rajasthan, had been smashed completely.The spokesperson said HPS Khakh, AIG CI Jalandhar, had been chasing Zeera for quite some time. The smuggler was finally arrested by SOT when they intercepted a Rajasthan number truck (RJ07G4392) near Wadala Chowk, Jalandhar, and recovered 55 bags of Poppy husk (each bag contained 40 kg poppy husk) from him. The bags had been cleverly concealed under 200 bags of powder, which is used in the manufacture of rubber slippers (chappals). Since the powder has a pungent smell, it was used to conceal the poppy husk.
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