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Interstate smuggling rampant in Sangrur


Interstate smuggling rampant in Sangrur

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 12

Sharing neighbourhood with Haryana, Sangrur is facing a big challenge from other state drug smugglers as since the start of the current year, the Sangrur police have arrested 523 drug smugglers and registered 385 cases under the NDPS Act and seized 2,95,853 tablets/capsules. After big districts like Amritsar and Jalandhar, Sangrur is the third district to see such a high number of NDPS cases this year.

A comparative study shows that from January 1 to till date, the Sangrur police registered 385 FIRs under the NDPS Act, while last year during the same period, the figure was 274. This year, the police seized 2,95,853 tablets against the last year figure of 1,21,636. The police arrested 523 smugglers so far, while last year 339 were arrested. The poppy husk seizure has increased to 1,369 kg against last year figure of 956 kg. The opium recovery has increased to 19 kg against the last year figure of 11 kg.

Sangrur shares 45-km border with Haryana. Other state smugglers have been a big headache for the Sangrur police. Some senior police officers said though Moonak and Lehra DSPs keep conducting meetings with their counterparts from Haryana, including Narwana and Tohana towns, while many a time, policemen of both states set up joint police check posts along the border. But the involvement of locals in smuggling is making things tougher for the police.

“Other state smugglers create problems in this district,” said Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg, after presiding over a meeting of all senior police officers of Sangrur in police lines on Friday. This year, the police have seized 1.481 kg of heroin against the last year figure of 1.245 kg, while the number of seized injections has increased to 3,460 against the last year figure of 3,112.

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