Notorious drug peddler evading arrest falls in police dragnet

SSP Kathua, Shailendra Mishra talking to reporters on Tuesday. -Excelsior/ Pardeep
SSP Kathua, Shailendra Mishra talking to reporters on Tuesday. -Excelsior/ Pardeep

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, June 2: In a major achievement against drug peddlers a team of Police Station Kathua after strenuous efforts succeeded in arresting a notorious drug peddler namely Harpal Singh alias Balochi R/o Ward No 14 Kathua involved in case FIR Number 58/2020 U/S 8/15/29 NDPS Act, 3/25 Arms Act who was evading arrest since March 5 this year.
He was put under surveillance, technical assistance was also taken to affect his arrest, which showed that he travelled to lot of places including Punjab and Jammu and did not stay in the Kathua town for almost three months, SSP Kathua, Shailendra Misra told media person here, today.
He said that the moment he stepped in the town, he was arrested by Kathua police. Further investigation in the case is going on. He was evading the arrest and changing his hideout in Jammu , Kathua and Punjab. It was difficult to make his arrest possible during the lockdown, the SSP added.
He said as soon Harpal entered Kathua town, alert team of police put a trap on him and arrested him this morning. He said that a diary in which telephone numbers of drug peddlers or dealers were noted has been recovered from him. Some numbers among them are already on the radar of police. The diary must help in investigation, the SSP added.
He said that his associate with huge quantity of narcotics and a modified van is already in police custody. He said a strong case has been made against these drug peddlers and police will approach the court with strong plea for life term imprisonment or death penalty for these drug peddlers to save the society and young generation from cruel hands of drug mafia.
Mishra said Kathua Police is striving hard and taking every possible step to make people especially youth aware to eradicate drug menace. “We requested people of the area to come forward and share information about drug peddling or consumption by dialing 100. The identity of such people will be kept confidential, he added.