Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Punjab Police arrested a soldier and three others in the illegal arms and drug smuggling case, which was busted last week with the arrest of a BSF personnel and three others, officials said here on Monday.
Eight people had been arrested in the case, said Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta. The police were probing the money trail to eradicate drug menace from the state.
The DGP said Ramandeep Singh, a soldier, was apprehended from Bareilly in UP, where he was posted, on the basis of disclosures made by BSF constable Sumit Kumar.
Ramandeep’s three accomplices — Taranjot Singh, Jagjit Singh and Satinder Singh — have been arrested and are being brought on production warrants.
Rs 10 lakh drug money has been recovered from Satinder, taking the total money seized to Rs 42.30 lakh.
The DGP said the accused were suspected to have smuggled in 42 packets of heroin, a nine mm foreign-made pistol with ammunition. They had received Rs 39 lakh as drug proceeds from Pakistan-based smugglers, he added.
The police had busted many modules in the narco-terror supply chain, which was operated under the direct watch of the ISI as well as the other Pakistani establishment to finance its terror operations, the DGP added.