As the special campaign to eradicate the drug menace from the state has almost been completed for a month, the Punjab police have so far arrested up to 2,205 drug traffickers, including 260 big fish, since July 5, 2022.
Police recorded a total of 1,730 first information reports (FIRs) during the period, 145 of which relate to commercial quantity.
“Police also recovered Rs 48.95 lakh of drug money in possession of drug dealers arrested in the previous month,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Headquarters, Sukhchain Singh Gill said during from the weekly press conference on Monday.
In addition to this, police also arrested 99 proclaimed offenders (POs) and wanted fugitives in NDPS cases in the past month, it added.
Disclosure of monthly drug recovery updates, the IGP said police recovered 30kg of heroin, 75kg of opium, 69kg cannabisand 185 quintals of poppy husk in addition to recovering 12.56 lakhs of pharmaceutical opioid tablets, capsules, injections, vials from across the state after conducting cordon and search operations in drug affected areas, in addition to posing nakas on vulnerable roads across the state.
Police arrested no less than 453 drug traffickers last week after registering 329 FIRs and recovering 8.4 kg of heroin, 10 kg of opium, two kg cannabisand 21 quintals of poppy husk, in addition to recovering Rs 10.46 lakhs of drug money, he said.
IGP Gill said that on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the weekly performance of all police districts is being reviewed and the top three districts will be selected on the basis of drug recovery and drug money, registered cases, arrests of drug smugglers and Pos, and fugitives. The top three districts will then be awarded by the chief minister, he said.
With Director General of State Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav having already received clear instructions not to tolerate any black sheep in the uniform, the IGP said action against six such police officers, including a DSP, had already been taken after they were found. in embezzlement.
Meanwhile, the DGP has strictly ordered all Commissioners of Police (CP) and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSP) to further tighten the noose around drug traffickers by identifying all major drug traffickers and hotspots infamous drug smugglers in their jurisdictions and launching a search operation to catch anyone selling or smuggling drugs.
He also ordered district police chiefs to confiscate the assets of all arrested drug dealers so that their ill-gotten money could be recovered.
3710 tablets of tramadol, 4.7 kg of intoxicating powder recovered from the house of a fired cop
Punjab Police recovered 3,710 intoxicating tablets (Tramadol SR 100mg) and 4.7kg of intoxicating powder from the home of Inspector Parminder Singh Bajwa on Monday, a week after he and his two police aides were discharged from duty. for falsely implicating two people in a drug. cases and also extort a huge sum of money from them.
Notably, Punjab Police had sacked Inspector Bajwa, ASI Angrej Singh and Chief Constable Joginder Singh – all assigned to the Narcotics Control Cell in Ferozepur – last week after they falsely implicated two people in a drug case. They were also accused of extorting a huge sum of money from them.
Sharing the information, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Headquarters, Sukhchain Singh Gill said on Monday that continuing to investigate the matter, Ferozepur Police teams conducted a search of the private house rented from Parminder Bajwa dismissed and recovered a large quantity of intoxicants.
The search was carried out according to the regular procedure in the presence of the magistrate on duty, he added.
IGP Gill said that in regards to this recovery, a new FIR, dated August 1, 2022, has been registered against the dismissed Inspector Bajwa under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act at Kulgarhi Police Station in Ferozepur. Further investigation is underway, he added.