Punjab cops claim kabaddi route for drug smuggling

Punjab cops claim kabaddi route for drug smuggling

By ARVIND CHHABRA | CHANDIGARH | 11 October, 2015
Drugs being smuggled via foreign sportspersons playing matches here.

The Punjab police is investigating leads that drugs are being smuggled to and from the state through foreign sportspersons in the garb of playing kabaddi matches here. One of the prime accused behind all this is none other than its own former constable who went to Canada. Davinder Singh, alias Happy, has been in police custody for the past about two years now and is part of the multi-crore drug racket allegedly led by Jagdish Bhola, according to police. Davinder, however, denies all such allegations, saying it is political vendetta as he is a Congress leader.
Police claim that Davinder had joined the state police in 1989. In 1993, he went to Canada without any sanctioned leave. In 2005, he was deported from Canada for his alleged involvement in illegal activities. Meanwhile, he had been dismissed by the Punjab police for absenting for a long period without leave following which he joined politics. Police claim he has been an active member of the international gang for supply of drugs to Canada. He had been organising kabaddi matches, but he allegedly used these matches for smuggling of drugs such as Ice, opium and heroin. Not only this, the policemen allege that he eliminated his close associate Kuldip Singh, who had learnt about the modus operandi of his drug smuggling. He, however, passed off the death as the result of a road accident, say cops. It was in May 2013 that police arrested Davinder from Fatehgarh Sahib district, with over 8 kg of ephedrine lying in the trunk of the vehicle that he was driving. His interrogation, police say, led to various other incriminating material and evidence.
The Enforcement Directorate has also initiated a money laundering case against him for allegedly amassing crores of rupees through undisclosed sources of income. Davinder has alleged that he had participated in block-samiti elections and he was arrested by police on the day of the results and fake recoveries were planted on him.
Opposition leaders, including Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, have been demanding a CBI probe into the case. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, however, rejected the demand on Wednesday.

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