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Punjab Police claims major breakthrough with arrest of drug supplier in Ferozepur
As a part of the ongoing drive of Punjab Police against drug trafficking, Ferozepur district has achieved a major breakthrough with the arrest of an important drug supplier Sarwan Singh alias Doctor son of Ajit Singh, resident of Arif Ke, Ferozepur on June 1.

Disclosing this breakthrough before the media persons, Gurpreet Singh Toor, SSP said, the ongoing drive of Punjab Police against drug trafficking has twin objectives of breaking the incoming supply lines of drugs and completely smashing the distribution network.

He said, after conducting a systematic study of patterns of drug trafficking in the state through the two-tier interrogation of 100 smugglers by the district police and officials of the State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) at the Joint Interrogation Center (JIC) in Amritsar during 2013-14, the police has identified major drug-smugglers, border-crossers, big suppliers, retailers and drug peddlers in the entire state.

Zonal IGPs and Commissioners of Police, in consultation with district SSPs and Range DIGs have prepared lists of major drug smugglers on the basis of evidence against them and anti-drug trafficking drive has been launched in the state since May 20,2014.

Toor further said, the anti-drive trafficking drive has succeeded in breaking the back of the drug distribution network in the state as most of the smugglers and retailers have been arrested. From May 20,2014upto June 2, 2014, a total of 2906 FIRs have been registered in the state and 3064 persons arrested under the NDPS Act with recovery of 4856 Kg Poppy Husk, 15.21 Kg Opium, 7.9 Kg Heroin, 4.58 Kg smack, 6.75 K Ganja ,13.84 Kg Charas, 183.41 Kg Narcotic powder, 78,197 Capsules, 2,39779 Tablets and 1254 Injections.

Stating about the instant cases, he said, Sarwan Singh alias Doctor has been arrested in case FIR 169 of June 1, 2014 U/s 22, 61,85 NDPS Act registered at PS Sadar Ferozepur along with 155 gm white powder followed with another recovery of 190n gm white powder during the course of investigation and he is already involved two more cases registered at Ferozepur on account of recovery of 23gm 20 gm heroin during June and September, 2013.

Toor said, the interrogation of Sarwan Singh revealed that he has installed cameras in and around his house to pressurize the police personnel so that they should avoid conducting raids. He has also disclosed that he used to file frivolous litigation against police officers active against drug trafficking so as to demoralize them. Sarwan Singh utilized the location of the village near the river catchment area to do smuggling of drugs between Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts using the riverine areas.

So far as the registration of cases and arrest during the campaign launched afgter May 20, Ferozepur District has registered 112 cases under NDPS Act and arrested 141 persons during the last 12 days with recovery of 3.6 kg white powder, 321 gm heroin, 10gm smack, 170 gm charas, 39.5 kg poppy husk, 250 gm opium and intoxicants.

In reply to the question, he said, district police has got a good response concerning their appeal to the people for motivating the addicted youth to undergo de-addiction.

He said confidently that Interaction with drug-addicts over rehabilitation issue can definitely bring change in them provided they are handled properly through the de-addition centers.

Talking about the future plans, he said the district police have planned to go to school and colleges with a ‘power point presentation’ to create awareness among youth against drug abuse.

With regard to total registration of cases and arrest, SSP stated that out of the arrest 141 persons, 82 are involved in recovery of heroin and the most unfortunate part is that the arrested youths are less than 30 years in age.

SSP also shared that we can bring a change in the drug-addicted youths by presenting the real case-study of each case. He, however, appealed to the NGOs and social activist to come forward to identify such persons and either refer to the de-addiction centres through the police or adopt them for their treatment.

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