DRI probing role of ASI in smuggling heroin from Pak

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is looking for an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Punjab Police in connection with the recovery of 23 kg of heroin - worth Rs 115 crore - from a Pakistani goods train on October 20. Sources told The Indian Express that Puran Singh, a porter nabbed by DRI in the case, named ASI Ranjit Singh as the person for whom the "heroin consignment was meant for". Information with The Indian Express reveals that Ranjit Singh had been posted at a police beat post located a stone's throw away from Amritsar rail cargo, from where the heroin was recovered.

Sources said that Singh had come under the radar of various intelligence agencies who are likely to investigate his role in earlier heroin seizures as well. A total of 117 kg of heroin was seized from Pak trains in June and July alone.

Porter Puran Singh was nabbed by DRI officials after he tried to tamper with the metal and paper seal of the bogey containing the heroin consignment. Puran's accomplice Gurmej Singh, another porter, managed to give DRI officials the slip and reportedly injured a DRI official.

All the three, Puran, Gurmej and ASI Ranjit Singh hail from Modhe village.

"Ranjit Singh was posted at the police beat box adjacent to Rail Cargo. And we have every reason to believe that he had sent Puran and Gurmej to bring the consignment of heroin as he waited there," said an official privy with the ongoing investigations.

Inquiries by The Indian Express revealed that Ranjit Singh was originally posted with PAP 9 Battalion and had joined duty with Amritsar police in the first week of October. Earlier, he was posted at Pul Kanjri till September 4 when the control of the force there came into the hands of Amritsar (Rural) police.

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