The Punjab Police’s Special Anti-Drugs Task Force (STF) on Monday arrested three associates of the two main defendants in the Ludhiana bombing case and recovered 4kg of heroin, smuggled from Pakistan, on their possession.
The arrested defendants were identified as Balwinder Singh and Guravtar Singh alias Sonu from Chao Alah Bakash village, and Avtar Singh from Chak Pandoori village in Amritsar.
Police said the trio worked for the network whose kingpins are Surmukh Singh aka Sammu and Dilbagh Singh Baggo, who are the main defendants in the bombing at the Ludhiana court complex in which former cop Gagandeep Singh was killed while allegedly planting the ammunition.
STF Deputy Police Director Vawinder Mahajan said, “In May, a case of smuggling was registered at STF Police Station in Mohali. Following the investigation into the case, four people, including Baggo, were arrested at the initial stage and heroin was recovered from them. Baggo, during his interrogation, had told us that he worked with Sammu, arrested about a month ago in a case of seizure of an improvised explosive device (IED). When Baggo was questioned further, he revealed that at Sammu’s request, he had retrieved an IED from the border and handed it over to Gagandeep Singh in Ludhiana.
Mahajan said that after Baggo’s statement, Sammu was also given a production warrant for his questioning. Sammu also confessed that the Ludhiana explosion IED was smuggled in from Pakistan at the request of Harpreet Singh alias Happy who lives in Malaysia.
“On Sunday, during further investigation into the case, we arrested Avtar and Guravtar and recovered one kg of heroin from their possession. Similarly, Balwinder Singh was also arrested and he confessed to concealing 3 kg of heroin smuggled from Pakistan near the international border. The trio worked for Sammu and Baggo. More names have emerged with the arrest of the trio and our teams are working to catch them,” Mahajan said.
He said their teams have also started the process of issuing a red corner notice against Happy Malaysia, which is in contact with ISI agents and Pakistani smugglers. Happy is a relative of Sammu, who operated the network with the money received from Happy.