Punjab police’s anti-drug Special Task Force on Wednesday arrested a Sub-Inspector, and his two aides, recovering 846 grams of heroin worth crores from them.
A sub-inspector in Ludhiana, 50-year-old Harjinder Kumar, was posted as additional SHO at division number 5 police station in Ludhiana police commissionerate. Harjinder was arrested late Tuesday night from Ludhiana when he was allegedly going to supply the drugs to his clients. At the time of arrest, he was in his police uniform.
Along with him, his two accomplices — 35-year-old Harjinder Kaur and 20-year-old Rohit Kumar — both residents of Sailkiana village of Phillaur in Jalandhar, were also arrested on Wednesday. As per the police, Kaur was into drug peddling for at least a decade and was booked in NDPS cases earlier also.
“The team first nabbed SI Harjinder Kumar on basis of a tip-off. On Wednesday, two others were arrested on the basis of Kumar’s interrogation,” said AIG STF Ludhiana range Snehdeep Sharma, while addressing a press conference in Ludhiana along with DSP Devinder Kumar and Inspector Harbans Singh, in-charge STF Ludhiana Range. Sharma said that Harjinder Kumar was arrested at Basti Jodhewal Chowk when he was arriving on a motorbike in a police uniform. He was allegedly going to supply drugs to his client.
The STF team recovered 16-gram heroin from him. On the basis of his interrogation, the team arrested two others and recovered 830 gm of heroin.
AIG said that Harjinder Kumar came in contact with Kaur in 2018 when he was posted at the Phillaur police station. Rohit works at the Cremica factory in Phillaur and he was also booked earlier in a drug case. An FIR against the three was registered under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act at STF police station, Mohali.
BOX: CASE AGAINST COUPLE FOR POSING WITH GUNS
Punjab police on Wednesday registered a case against Jalandhar's viral couple, Roop Kaur and Sehaj Arora, popularly known as the ‘Kulhad Pizza couple’, for brandishing guns in a video posted on their social media account.
Notably, Roop Kaur and Sehaj Arora posted a spoof video while holding guns on their social media accounts. Even though the couple claimed that they had posed with toy guns and the sole purpose of the video was entertainment, the police went ahead with the registration of an FIR (first information report) against them saying that the video was a clear violation of the Punjab Government's recent ban.
The police have booked the couple under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Notably, Punjab government has prohibited the glorification and displaying of guns or any weapons in public or on social media. A day before, the state Director General of Police (DGP) had cautioned the people to follow the new directives, or else face strict action.