Two Haryana, Rajasthan policemen arrested for drugs racket

August 31st, 2008 - 11:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Aug 31 (IANS) A police official from Haryana and another from Rajasthan were arrested in Mohali town of Punjab Sunday for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking racket, the police said.”Joginder Singh, head constable in the Haryana police, and Manohar Kumar of the Rajasthan armed forces have been arrested and sent in two-day police remand. They are believed to be involved in a drug racket in which former deputy superintendent of Haryana police and a former retired defence official were arrested Friday,” senior superintendent of police Jatinder Singh Aulakh at Mohali told IANS Sunday evening.

A former army official was arrested Friday afternoon from the Landran-Sohana road in Mohali for carrying one kg of illicit cocaine worth Rs.12.5 million, the police said.

“The consignment had been confiscated after a tip-off. The accused, Dara Singh, was going in a car when the police party stopped him at the checkpoint,” Aulakh said.

Dara Singh, 58, was a lower-level defence official and retired from his job in 1995.

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

“Gurdarshan Singh Sodhi, a former deputy superintendent of police (with telecom wing of the Haryana police), was also arrested Friday for involvement in the same racket,” he said.

Sodhi was recently re-employed by the Haryana police.

“We hope these arrests would lead to the arrests of many other people involved in the unscrupulous trade of drug-trafficking in the state,” police official said.

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