CHANDIGARH/JALANDHAR: In what is being seen as one of the biggest crackdowns on police officials involved in Punjab’s narcotics trade, an inspector who was heading the crime investigation agency of Kapurthala, was on Monday arrested with 4kg heroin from his government house in Phagwara. This is the first major arrest by the special task force (STF) the Captain Amarinder Singhled Congress government formed immediately after assuming charge in March. One of Amarinder’s key poll promises was tackling Punjab’s drug menace, and he had recently said that police officers involved in the drug trade would not be spared. The inspector, identified as Inderjit, was arrested from his government accommodation in Phagwara. Besides heroin, an illegal 9-mm Italian-make pistol, a .38 bore revolver, and around 380 live cartridges of different arms were also recovered from his flat at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) headquarters in Jalandhar. Rs 16.5 lakh and £3,550 in cash was also seized from his Jalandhar home. Officials also raided his private residence at Amritsar but have not disclosed seizures, if any, made there. The FIR in the case has been drafted by STF chief ADGP Harpreet Sidhu, who was repatriated to Punjab from his CRPF stint in Naxalism-hit Chhattisgarh to curb the state’s drug menace.
The FIR states that Inderjit played a role in protecting as well as willfully aiding and abetting smugglers in 2013 and 2014. “He made recoveries but they are with the motive to obtain illegal gratification from those in custody on the promise of helping them in these cases and later getting some of them acquitted,” it adds. It also observes that Inderjit was a head constable when most of the cases were registered and was not competent enough to investigate sensitive drug cases.