Heroin worth rs 300 crore seized from fazilka village

Gill Saab

Yaar Malang
In what may be termed as the largest haul of heroin in recent past, about 58 kg of the contraband, estimated to be around Rs 300 crore in the international market, was seized from Hasta Kalan village, situated near the border, today. Two unlicenced imported revolvers, 44 live cartridges and 250 gm of opium were also seized.
A joint team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) from Amritsar and Delhi offices made the recovery. The seized material was kept hidden beneath a heap of wheat straw lying in the courtyard of Khan Singh’s house. As per official sources, Khan Singh (40), who used to work as a labourer, was caught carrying a dozen packets of heroin (each weighing 1 kg), which he was supposed to hand over to his nephew (whose name the police refused to reveal due to security reasons). After his questioning, the remaining 46 packets were recovered from beneath the straw.
According to officials, Khan Singh’s nephew, who was being followed by the Intelligence wing for the past about five months, allegedly had ties with international narcotics mafia. Meanwhile, various security agencies operating in the area, including the BSF, were taken by surprise by the huge haul of heroin from this sleepy village located about 4 km from the international border.
BSF Commandant Girdhari Lal Meena and Fazilka DSP Karamjit Singh reached the spot from where the recovery was made. However, the DRI officials did now allow them access either to accused Khan Singh or the cache of heroin and arms. BSF (Punjab frontier) Inspector General Himmat Singh said, “We are probing from where the heroin reached this border village.... Pakistan is always looking for opportunities to push narcotics into the Indian territory.