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55kg opium seized in Kartarpur in Punjab, one held: DGP

Punjab Police arrested Yudhvir Singh of Jandiala Guru area and allegedly seized 55 kg opium from him at a checkpoint near Kartarpur in Jalandhar district on November 9, 2021. Photo: DPR

Chandigarh, Nov 9 (MNN) Punjab Police on Tuesday seized 55 kg opium from an alleged drug smuggler at a special checkpoint set up near Kartarpur in Jalandhar district.

The arrested accused Yudhvir Singh alias Yodha is a resident of Devidaspur village in Jandiala Guru area of Amritsar district and a Proclaimed Offender wanted in different NDPS cases.

Police seized a luxury car bearing registration number UP14EU8399 from the accused.

Director General of Police Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota said that CIA Wing of Jalandhar Rural police had set up the ‘nala’ on the Kartarpur-Kishanpura road under its ongoing special drive against drugs and arrested the accused from there.

Yudhvir’s accomplice later identified as Palwinder Singh alias Sunny of Amritsar managed to flee from the spot, the DGP added.

The police officer said that Yudhvir told police that he had received the contraband through a notorious drug smuggler Navpreet Singh alias Nav of Vajir Bhullar village in Beas area but presently living abroad.

Yudhvir revealed that Nav, while operating from abroad, was into large-scale supply of refined drugs, mainly opium and heroin, in Punjab through his accomplices.

Police said Nav is facing cases under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and also wanted in Chintu murder case in Phillaur.

Nav’s name also cropped up after 300kg heroin was seized by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.

SSP Jalandhar Rural Satinder Singh said that more recoveries of contraband and arrests are expected in the case.

An FIR number 176 dated November 9 has been registered under Sections 18C/61/85 of the NDPS Act at Kartarpur police station.

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