Former army official held in Mohali with 1 kg cocaine

August 29th, 2008 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 29 (IANS) A former army official was arrested Friday afternoon at Landran-Sohana road in Punjab’s Mohali town for illegally carrying one kilogram of cocaine worth Rs.12.5 million, the police said. “The consignment has been confiscated on the secret tip-off. The accused, Dara Singh, was going in a car when the police party stopped him at the checkpoint,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (Mohali) Jatinder Singh Aulakh.

Dara Singh, 58, was a junior commissioned officer with the Indian Army and retired from his job in 1995.

The police have booked him under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, said Aulakh.

“We have also arrested a former deputy superintendent of police, (telecom wing, Haryana police), Gurdarshan Singh Sodhi, for involvement in the same racket,” stated Aulakh.

Sodhi was recently re-employed by the Haryana police.

“We have also received two cheques of worth Rs.1 million from Sodhi that he had got from Dara Singh as a security amount,” said Aulakh.

“There is a possibility that the accused has been smuggling drugs for a long time in this region. We hope these arrests would lead to the arrests of many other people involved in the unscrupulous trade of drug-trafficking,” a senior police official said.

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