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Friday, April 12, 2019

Peddler-jail staff nexus busted, 6 held


Peddler-jail staff nexus busted, 6 held

Aman Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 11

A well-knit drug supply network involving officials of the Patiala Central Jail and drug peddlers lodged there has come to the fore with the police arresting six persons, including two staffers.

The kingpin, Bimal Kumar, in jail for the last several years, had reportedly been earning over Rs 5-10 lakh per month by selling drugs to fellow inmates.

Those arrested are Vishav Aman Singh of Dharamheri village, head constables Surjeet Singh Mavi and Harjinder Singh, and jail inmates Dharminder Singh, Bimal Kumar and Satnam Singh of Patran. All have been remanded in police custody for two days.

Patiala SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu said their probe found that Bimal Kumar used to order drugs from suppliers, who delivered it to Vishav Aman Singh. The latter used to hand over the drugs to the two jail staffers, who then delivered the consignment to Bimal for sale to other inmates.

Sources said Bimal was facing over a dozen NDPS cases. He ran the drug racket from within the jail and had access to mobile phones through which he used to contact the suppliers, they said.

Preliminary questioning of the accused revealed that Bimal would lure inmates who go out on parole by offering them money. “Vishav Aman, who was released on parole this time, brought with him 50 gram of heroin, which has been recovered,” said the SSP.

Sidhu told The Tribune that it was found that the gang was operating for the past few years. “They supplied heroin to inmates and Dharminder used to collect cash in the form of jail tokens. He would later get the tokens cashed and hand it over to the jail staffers from whom Bimal’s men would take the cash,” he said.

Vijay Kumar, incharge, Crime Investigating Agency, Samana, said the accused would buy heroin for around Rs 2,000 per gram and sell it for more than Rs 8,000 a gram. “Bimal’s entire property was attached under the NDPS Act,” he said, adding that the role of more jail officials was under the scanner.

Meanwhile, Gurpreet Deo, ADGP, Special Task Force, announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for the probe team.

Modus operandi

  • Kingpin Bimal Kumar, already lodged in Patiala Central Jail, would order drugs from suppliers, who delivered it to inmates out on parole.
  • The latter used to hand over the drugs to the two jail staffers, who then delivered the consignment to Bimal for sale to other inmates.
  • The accused supplied drugs to fellow inmates at three times the market price. The kingpin’s monthly income from sale of drugs was said to be Rs 5-10 lakh.

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