In what the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is describing as a “first of its kind”, officials of the central agency said they had arrested a man with suspected indigenously made heroin while he was transporting it from Delhi to Amritsar in a reversal of the widely held view that heroin comes from Pakistan into India over the Punjab border.
The arrested man was identified as Avtar Singh, a 40-year-old hawker of cosmetics and artificial jewellery. He was picked up by DRI officials at Chola Sahib in Tarn Taran district with 1.7 kg heroin from a bus of the Indo-Express Service while he was returning from Delhi to Amritsar on January 29 earlier this year. The bus was stopped by DRI officials at the toll barrier on national highway near Beas town of Amritsar.
DRI officials said the consignment has an estimated value of Rs 7 to 10 lakh. The same quantity of heroin pushed from Pakistan into Punjab would have been valued between Rs 7 crore to Rs 10 crore.
“It is for the first time that we have seen a consignment of indigenous heroin contraband. We normally expect heroin to come from across the border. Preliminary investigation suggests that it was manufactured in India. Crystal of the heroin in this recovery is entirely different from the regular imported heroine we usually recover,” a senior DRI official told The Indian Express.
He said, “We are still working on the modus operandi. This consignment was typically for local consumption in Amritsar and surrounding areas. Earlier, we were perceiving Punjab as transit road. Every political party was saying that Punjab is being used as transit route and such drugs are not smuggled for consumption in Punjab. But this commodity recovered from Avtar Singh was for local consumption in Amritsar and Tarn Taran area.”
The officer said a report of the arrest had been shared with all other central agencies. “We have sent report to all agencies,” the officer said.
Another DRI official said that heroin is being manufactured in Chittorgarh, Partapgarh, Kota, Ratlang, Mansol areas of Rajasthan and the consignment recovered from Avtar Singh could have originated in these stations.
By Kamaldeep Singh Brar - Indian Express/March 3, 2016