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Second Case Of Heroin Pushed In Punjab From Delhi
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recently arrested another accused with contraband being smuggled from Delhi, suggesting there exists a drug route that starts from the national capital. This turns the popular perception about the drug route, starting from Afghanistan and entering Punjab via its border with Pakistan, on its head. On March 11, the DRI arrested Vijay Kumar, a carpenter, with 2.5 kg heroin smuggled from Delhi for consumption in Amritsar. This is the second case that has come to light in which drug smugglers have pushed heroin from Delhi to Amritsar. In a first, man held with indigenously made heroin in Tarn TaranHeroin smuggled from Pak worth Rs 60 crore seized, 3 held DRI officials nab two, seize Rs 45-cr heroin. Briefly StateMan held, heroin worth Rs 17 crore recovered. Vijay was supposed to sell it to drug consumers. Earlier, the DRI sleuths had arrested a vendor, Avtar Singh, on January 29 with 1.7 kg heroin from a passenger bus coming from Delhi to Amritsar. Alarmingly, the quality of the heroin recovered in both cases suggests that it was manufactured in India. DRI officials state it was possible that the drug smugglers have been producing it in Rajasthan for sale in Punjab. Majha region of Punjab has emerged as a big market for drug smugglers. They have been finding consumers here. While all the state and central agencies have been focusing on the popular route via India-Pakistan border, indigenous heroin has being pushed into Amritsar and other surrounding districts. This is second case exposed by us within two months that shows that Delhi route is also active for smugglers. The agencies in Punjab will now have to work out a double strategy.