Two men arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police for smuggling drugs. The two arrested men smuggled drugs worth Rs. twelve crores from Jharkhand to Punjab and Delhi in between the lockdown across the nation.
According to the police the two accused men were carrying an e-pass. Through the e-pass, they easily cross the borders disguising as transporting migrant workers.
A nation-wide lockdown has been in force since March 25 to tackle the spread of coronavirus and travellers are required to get an e-pass with a valid reason to cross state borders.
Pramod Kushwaha, Divisional Commissioner of Police of the special cell said that an official got a tip-off about two people who were trying to supply drugs to Punjab and Delhi. The official further got to know that the two accused men on Friday were about to reach Burari Chowk in the national capital in a car, said Pramod.
The Seized Vehicle Contained Drugs- 12 Kg Of Opium
The vehicle later blocked by the police, seizing around 12kg of- opium worth Rs 2 crore hidden in the car. They also arrested the two accused men. The men recognised as Shaan Masih and Chetan Patiyaal. They both are residents of Hoshiyarpur in Punjab.
The police said the accused revealed that they got the e-pass to cross the borders amid the lockdown in the name of transporting labourers to Jharkhand from the sub-divisional magistrate of Hoshiyarpur. They managed to travel on a single e-pass to Jharkhand thrice.
The accused also confessed, that they had transported around 50 kg of drugs worth Rs 12 crore from Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh.
The men named one Gurmeet Singh from Punjab as the mastermind behind the smuggling. He further said that Gurmeet is running a big drug racket.
The police said they have started investigations. They further said that they are trying to find out how the accused managed to get hold of the e-pass.
Currently, India has crossed 1 lakh numbers of COVID-19 patients reaching to 182K. Delhi has 17,386 confirmed COVID-19 cases yet.