Interstate racketeer involved in smuggling narcotics in ambulance arrested: Punjab Police

In a unique case, Punjab police on Sunday caught an ambulance carrying a fake patient smuggling narcotics hidden inside the pillow under the “patient’s head”. Mohali police arrested three people with eight kg of opium.

Upon learning of the case related to the arrest of three people abusing an ambulance to smuggle drugs, Ropar Range Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Gurpreet Singh Bhullar decided to raise the issue with the relevant civil, health and regulatory authorities. authorities.

Relevantly, amid the ongoing war on drugs on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Mohali police busted an interstate drug smuggling racket on Sunday after recovering eight kilograms of opium concealed in a pillow placed under the head of a fake patient lying in an ambulance during a special nakabandi on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway near Dapper village.

The arrested defendants were identified as Ravi Shrivastav (28) from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, currently residing at Ram Darbar in Chandigarh; Harinder Sharma (47) from the village of Naya Gaon in SAS Nagar (Mohali); and Ankush (27) from Khudda Ali Sher village in Chandigarh.

“A team stationed near the village of Dappar stopped an ambulance coming from the side of Ambala. Police found two people inside the vehicle – one posing as a patient, lying on a stretcher-like seat, and another sitting next to him. The third was driving the vehicle. During their checks, the police did not find any member of a medical team or an oxygen cylinder, or even the first aid kit in the vehicle, which raised their suspicions,” the official said. police.

The official added that they began to do a thorough check of the ambulance and found eight kg of opium hidden inside the pillow used by the person posing as the patient.

DIG Bhullar said that with Punjab Police having received strict instructions from the Chief Minister to eradicate the threat of drugs from the state, Mohali Police have dismantled an interstate module which has raised serious concerns over the use misuse of emergency services.

“This came to light during the investigation into how the defendants bought a second-hand ambulance and started using it for drug trafficking,” he said. It was at least the 10th to 12th time defendants used the ambulance to smuggle opium from Bareilly to Uttar Pradesh, the inquest found.

Apart from discussing with all concerned authorities, DIG Bhullar said he also requested the three SSPs in the range – Mohali, Rupnagar and Fatehgarh Sahib – to hold a meeting with representatives of all hospitals and NGOs in their districts. concerned and obtain the list of ambulances assigned to them, so that the police can ensure safe passage for real patients, while catching anti-social elements using the emergency services for criminal activities.

He also suggested using a special beacon above the ambulance that could indicate whether or not there was a patient in the ambulance.

Disclosure of more details on drug recoveries in its lineup since April 1, 2022, DIG said it recovered a total of 2.41 kg of heroin, 20.42 kg of opium, 2.10 quintals of poppy, 200 grams of charas, 7.29 kg of ganja, 40,945 intoxicating injections. , 8,70,590 intoxicating tablets besides seizing drug money worth Rs 8.08 lakhs.

Police registered a total of 211 FIRs, including 14 commercial ones, after arresting 307 drug traffickers or suppliers. Police also arrested 11 convicted offenders, he added.

Meanwhile, DIG Bhullar said the war on drugs will continue until the threat of drugs is not eliminated from the state.

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