The constable was posted at a Border Outpost in Taran Tarn district. (Representational)
A BSF constable and two others have been apprehended in a cross-border smuggling racket of drugs and weapons, the Punjab authorities said on Sunday.
A.30 bore, made-in-China handgun together with five live cartridges and Rs 24.50 lakh were recovered from the 3 implicated, identified as Border Security Force Constable Rajendra Prashad and two locals, Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh, said Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta.
The BSF constable, a resident of Ganga Nagar district of Rajasthan, was posted at a Border Station at Chhina town in Taran Tarn district.
Mr Prashad is the 2nd BSF constable apprehended just recently by the Punjab cops in a cross-border smuggling racket. The cops had actually arrested another BSF constable, Sumit Kumar, published at Sambha in Jammu and Kashmir, in another cross-border smuggling case.
Giving information of the operation, Gupta said acting upon a tip-off, a Jalandhar Rural police group had on July 26 nabbed two smugglers, who were being available in an automobile from Delhi.
The cops had actually recovered 25 gm of heroin from them. On questioning, the duo recognized themselves as Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh.
Surmail’s further questioning caused the healing of the handgun along with 5 live rounds.
During questioning, the duo had actually also exposed that they were dealing with a cross-border smuggler, Satnam Singh alias Satta, a citizen of Taran Tarn district.
Satta was closely linked with Pak-based smugglers in smuggling heroin and weapons from Pakistan.
They likewise divulged that BSF constable Rajendra Prashad was also involved in the smuggling racket.
The DGP stated he contacted his equivalents in the BSF and Rajasthan for the arrest of the BSF constable.
He was captured by the Punjab authorities on July 28 from his residence in Rawala Mandi, where he was availing his leave, stated the DGP in a declaration in Chandigarh.
During questioning, the BSF constable exposed that he had been roped into the drug smuggling racket by Satnam Singh, who assured him cash for ignoring the smuggling of arms and narcotics consignment through his border post.
He then enabled the gang to bring in a consignment of 17 kg of heroin and two foreign-made pistols in May.
This time once again, Satnam Singh, in connivance with Rajendra Prashad, Surmail Singh and Gurjant Singh, was to bring in another consignment of heroin and arms from his Pakistan-based handlers.
Satnam had actually apparently offered Rs 5 lakh and a mobile phone to Prashad beforehand for receiving this composite consignment.
The DGP said out of Rs 24.5 lakh, Rs 15 lakh was recovered from the home of Satnam Singh, Rs 5 lakh from the BSF constable and Rs 4.5 lakh from Gurjant Singh.
The authorities were working to get the kingpin, Satnam Singh, extradited from Muscat, Oman, where he had actually run away after he was stated proclaimed culprit in two smuggling cases.
He utilized a fake Passport and Aadhar card released in the name of Gurmeet Singh to leave, said DGP Gupta.
The implicated had five cases of smuggling signed up versus him previously.
Satnam Singh’s ill-gotten property, which he had purchased utilizing drug cash in the name of his family relative Maninder Kaur at Sandhu Nest Amritsar, has actually been frozen, he included.
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