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13 drug smugglers’ extradition from Canada, Britain pending


13 drug smugglers’ extradition from Canada, Britain pending

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11

Three years after Punjab moved extradition plea of 13 drug smugglers from Canada and the UK, four of those are still untraced, while procedure regarding other two smugglers is stuck in the absence of their date of birth and other particulars.

One of those 13 includes an alleged women smuggler, Roobi Kahlon.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has last week pushed the extradition cases again by writing to the Ministry of External Affairs to expedite them. Twelve of the smugglers, including the untraced ones, are said to be in Canada. The CM had handed over a list of the wanted smugglers to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in 2017 also.

The accused have been ditching Indian law agencies since 2013 when FIRs were registered against them in Fathegarh Sahib and Patiala.

As per Punjab Police dossier on the issue, the thirteen wanted smugglers are: Sarabjit Singh of Samrala, Ranjit Singh of Phillaur, Lehmber Singh Daleh of Phillaur, Nirankar Singh Dhillon of Phillaur, Gursewak Singh Dhillon of Jagraon, Harbans Singh Sidhu of Sudhar in Ludhiana, Amarjit Singh Kooner of Adampur in Jalandhar, Pardeep Singh Dhaliwal of Jagraon, Amrinder Singh, alias Chheena, alias Laddi, of Raja Sansi in Amritsar, Parwinder Singh, alias Pindi, of Hoshiarpur, Ranjit Kaur Kahlon, alias Roobi Kahlon, of Jalandhar, Madan Lal of Jalandhar and Pramod, alias Tony, of New Delhi.

Sources said four untraced smugglers — Amrinder Singh, alias Cheena, alias Laddi, Parwinder Singh, alias Pindi, Ranjit Kaur, alias Roobi Kahlon, and Pardeep Singh Dhaliwal — were in Canada as per the information gathered by the Punjab Police, but the Canadian security agencies had not been able to trace them.

The MEA could not complete extradition process of Pramod, alias Tony, said to be running an international food chain in Brampton, Canada, due to non-availability of his particulars and details. Similarly, the case of alleged smuggler Madan Lal has been returned to the Punjab Police due to the non-availability of his date of birth.

Officiating DGP VK Bhawra said the Punjab Police had completed the process of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the MEA was following it further with Canada ond other countries.

The issue of the extradition of these smugglers, some of who are suspected to be well-connected with politicians and police officials, has remained in news much because of the political controversy attached to the menace of drug abuse and smuggling in Punjab. It has been alleged that these smugglers ran a network of smuggling drugs within Punjab and also to western countries from Punjab.

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