Canadian NRI and dismissed DSP of Punjab Police arrested//
Busted a Rs.700-crore synthetic drugs racket
6000 crore rajasthan-based international synthetic drug racket busted – mastermind arrested
Jagdish Bhola suspended Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) arrested- desperate to affect the investigation against him in 13 cases-SSP HS Mann
Patiala, January 7, 2013
Canadian national Devinder Singh arrested
A major break-through has been effected in the drive against drug trafficking with the exposure of over 6000 crore international synthetic drug racket masterminded by Rajasthan-based Canadian national Devinder Singh @ Dev s/o Harbhajan Singh r/o village 19 PS, Tehsil Rai Singh Nagar, district Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. Dev was arrested on January 5, 2014 by a police party of Patiala district and produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Patiala on January 6, 2014. He is on police remand up to January 14, 2014.
Disclosing this here today, Mr. HS Mann, SSP, Patiala said that investigations in this massive international synthetic drug racket have revealed that precursor chemicals Katamine, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were procured by the drug racketeers from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi etc. after diverting from medicinal sectors and smuggled into Canada. The processing of the precursor chemicals to manufacture synthetic drugs was done mainly in Canada by Chinese and Vietnamese nationals, he added.
Mr. Mann informed that the primary conduits for smuggling the contraband consignments into India were Pramod Tony, a Karol Bagh- based operative and another person who owned a ship. A company named Quality Foods was used in the smuggling ring with both Air Cargo and Shipments being used for the contrabands. It was expected that the further investigations into the multi-crore international synthetic drug racket would lead to more arrests and recoveries.
Mr. Mann, strongly refuted the allegations of drug lord Jagdish Bhola and said that with his arrest the biggest drug racket in the history of country has been busted. He said that Bhola was trying to affect the investigation being done in 13 serious cases against him. He further said that apart from Punjab police five more investigation agencies namely Narcotics Control Bureau, Intelligence Bureau, Army Intelligence, BSF Intelligence and Enforcement Directorate have also interrogated Bhola and nothing was revealed by him before them regarding his recent allegations. He said that Bhola was a hardcore smuggler and now desperately trying to loosen the noose of law around his neck. He said that every member of his team was now more resolved to take the fight against drug trafficking to its logical end so that the young generations could be saved from felling prey to the menace of drugs.
Bikram Majithia denies links with Jagdish Bhola
Jan 07, 2014
· Bikram Majithia was named in media as mastermind of drugs racket by arrested former cop cum druglord Jagish Bhola after his court appearance on Jan. 06.
· Jagdish Bhola was demanding CBI investigation in drugs racket from the day of his arrest and he had again repeated his demand, Sukhbir Badal escaped to offer any answer.
· In a statement issued at Chandigarh, Bikram Majithiya said: “We need to understand Jagdish Bhola is a known criminal. He was caught from Murthal near Delhi after due investigations conducted by none other than the Punjab Police which tracked him down after an eight-month-long surveillance exercise. Why would the Punjab Police take this step if any patronage was being given to drug smugglers by the state”.
· “Such a person, who is a desperado and facing a possible life sentence, has now made this wild allegation. It is clearly a mischievous after thought on his part as he had several opportunities to make these allegations earlier but did not do so”, the minister added.
Hold CBI probe into Multicrore Drug Scam -- Virdi
Chandigarh, January 7, 2013.
Reacting on the hair raising revelations made by drug kingpin Mr Jagdish Bhola that Akali Revenue Minister, Bikramjit Singh Majithia is involved in this scam, Comrade Charan Singh Virdi, Secretary, Punjab state Committee, CPI(M) has demanded that a CBI probe should be held so that all the bigwigs involved in it are brought to book. He further said that the situation of this multicrore drug scam case has acquired such dimensions that the people will be satisfied only if investigation is made by a high level agency like the CBI.
Released by:( RANJIT SINGH ),Office Secretary,Punjab State Committee, CPI (M).Communist Party of India(Marxist)Punjab State Committee, Baba Karam Singh Cheema Bhawan,
Sector 30B, Chandigarh
3 Punjab ministers involved in drug racket, says Bhola
Dec. 20, 2013
Alleged druglord Jagdish Bhola on Thursday claimed three Punjab cabinet ministers were involved in the drug racket, which was recently busted by the Punjab Police.
"I am willing to disclose the names of all three ministers if a CBI probe is conducted into the matter. If at all, I am just a pawn in the hierarchy of drug trade in the state. The real kingpins are the politicians," said Bhola, while leaving a Mohali court on Thursday
Drugs money used to buy Punjab VIP car, cell numbers
Chandigarh, Nov 18 , 2013
Money from a multi-billion-rupee racket in synthetic drugs was used by those involved in the illegal trade to fulfil a fancy and unusual wish - to lay hands on VIP numbers for high-end cars and mobile phones.
Investigations by Punjab Police, who recently busted a major international racket in synthetic drugs worth nearly Rs.1,650-crore, have revealed that key people involved in the drugs trade were not only leading a flashy lifestyle but were using the ill-gotten money to buy the VIP car registration numbers at government auctions.
A senior police officer of the Patiala police said that Jagjit Singh Chahal, an industrialist who has been arrested along with international wrestler-turned-police officer-turned-drugs kingpin Jagdish Bhola, had a penchant for VIP numbers for his high-end vehicles and mobile phones.
"The verification of background of Jagjit Singh Chahal has revealed an opulent life style with a penchant for luxury cars having single digit numbers and single digit mobile numbers as well," Patiala district police chief Hardayal Singh Mann told IANS.
Chahal in June last year picked up the 'CH-01-AN-0001' series registration number for Rs.17 lakh at a government auction in Chandigarh.
Chahal, who claimed that he was an agriculturist-businessman, bought the number for his Rs.85 lakh Toyota Land Cruiser SUV.
Chahal and his family had claimed then that they had a liking for the number '0001'. He also claimed that his family has "other vehicles in our fleet with the 0001 number".
All those claims have now come true in Punjab Police investigations.
The police have found that Chahal spent another nearly Rs.15 lakh to buy VIP numbers at government auctions in Punjab. Most of the cars for which he picked up these numbers were high-end ones, including Range Rover Freelander SUV, Toyota Prado SUV, Hyundai Terracan SUV and Honda Accord car. He even bought a '0001' number for Rs.50,000 for his Hero Honda motorcycle.
The police have recovered seven mobile phones from Chahal which also had VIP numbers (ending with 00001). He spent over Rs.3.5 lakh on buying these.
Chahal's pharmaceutical units were raided by the police in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, 45 km from here, over the past one week and precursor chemicals worth Rs.925 crore in the international market were recovered.
Mann said that police teams have recovered nearly one tonne of precursor chemicals like ephedrine, pseudoephedrine from the unit of MBP Pharmaceuticals Ltd., which is owned by Chahal. These were used to manufacture synthetic drugs like Ice and other party-circuit drugs.
Raids on the units were made following disclosures by Bhola and Chahal during their interrogation.
Punjab Police busted a racket in synthetic drugs worth Rs.700-crore in March this year.
The Patiala police arrested the kingpin of the racket, dismissed Punjab Police deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagdish Bhola, and his four accomplices near the Haryana-Delhi border last week with drugs worth nearly Rs.20 crore.
The well-oiled drugs network, in which nationals of other countries and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) were also allegedly involved, was operating in India, Canada and European countries, including Britain... IANS
Punjab Police recover Rs.600 crore-worth drugs
November 15, 2013
Patiala (Punjab), Nov 1, 2013: The Punjab Police Friday claimed to have recovered precursor chemicals worth Rs.600 crore in the international market following raids on a pharmaceutical unit in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh’s Baddi industrial area.
Precursor chemicals are compounds that are required in the synthetic or extraction processes of drug production, and become incorporated into the drug molecule. They are, however, not used in the production of cocaine or heroin.
Patiala district police chief H.S. Mann said police teams recovered over 600 kg of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and other precursor chemicals from the unit of MBP Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Baddi, 45 km from Chandigarh.
Mann said the raids on the units were made following disclosures made by international wrestler-turned-police officer-turned drugs kingpin Jagdish Bhola, arrested by the Punjab Police Monday along with four accomplices, and his associate, Jagjit Sngh Chahal. MBP Pharmaceuticals is owned by Chahal.
“The raids led to the recovery of over 600 kg of precursor chemicals, estimated to be valued at Rs.600 crore in the international market,” Mann said.
He said health department officials were checking how the precursor chemicals meant for the medicine sector were being used to manufacture synthetic drugs.
The Punjab Police had in March this year busted an international gang involved in manufacture and sale of synthetic drugs. The police recovered drugs worth Rs.700 crore at that time. When Bhola and four others were arrested Monday, the police recovered drugs worth Rs.18 crore from them.
“The estimated cost of precursor chemicals like ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and others is Rs.1 crore per kg, while the estimated international price of synthetic drugs like Ice (M-amphetamine) is Rs.5 crore per kg,” Mann said.... IANS
Drugs, sports, kabootarbaazi - Punjab Police tackle all
Nov 13, 2013
While busting a multi-million US dollar international drugs racket being run from Punjab, the state police have chanced upon the fact that sports was being used as a medium to run the whole racket. Not only that, the drugs-sports nexus also has a definite 'Kabootarbaazi' (illegal immigration) link to it, senior Punjab Police officials said.
At least four people of Punjab-origin based in Canada are now under the scanner for helping out international wrestler-turned-police officer-turned-drugs kingpin Jagdish Bhola in his multi-million drugs network which fanned from India to Europe, Canada and Britain.
Those being investigated in Canada now are: Dara Singh Mathoda, promoter of the Azadi Kabaddi Club based in Vancouver, former kabaddi player Sarabjit Singh alias Nick based in Delta (British Columbia), Nirankara Singh Dhillon based in Brampton (Ontario), and Harbans Sidhu based in Toronto.
Mathoda used to annually organise a cash-rich kabaddi tournament in his village near Phagwara town, 150 km from here. Last year, the first prize for the winner was a Rs.10-lakh SUV.
People involved in the racket from Britain and Holland are also being probed, Patiala district police chief H.S. Mann told IANS.
The names of foreign nationals from China, Vietnam and other countries have also figured during interrogation of those arrested, including Bhola, Mann said.
"The information was shared with the Police Liaison Officer in the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi, by the Punjab Police in a high-level meeting presided over by Punjab Additional Director General of Police, Intelligence, Hardeep Singh Dhillon. Particulars of recipients in UK and Holland have also been collected," Mann said.
The Patiala police tracked down Bhola and his four associates near the Haryana-Delhi border and arrested them with synthetic drugs worth over Rs.18 crore Monday.
Bhola was on the radar of the state police ever since they busted a Rs.700-crore synthetic drugs racket March this year and arrested over 25 people, including two Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) of Punjab origin.
Bhola, an Arjuna Award (highest sport award in the country given by the government) winner in 1997, was dismissed as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) by Punjab Police after he got involved in the drugs trade.
Mann said Bhola and his gang were able to smuggle over 300 kg of synthetic drugs like Ice (M-amphetamine) and other drugs like heroin by hiding these inside sports equipment.
Punjab Police, after arresting Bhola and conducting raids at various places from where he operated, found that his gang was also indulging in 'Kabootarbaazi' (pigeon flight) or illegal immigration of Punjabi youth to the West.
During a raid in Patel Nagar in New Delhi, the police found a visa stamping machine, forged visa stamps, several passports and other documents which showed that the gang was sending youth to other countries illegally.
"The stamping machine was used for affixing fake visas of foreign countries, including the US, Canada and European countries. Jagdish Bhola was staying in two flats in Patel Nagar owned by one Harmohinder Singh of Phillaur (near Ludhiana), a travel agent. Harmohinder is presently absconding," Mann said.
One of the associates of Bhola, Sarabjit Singh, arrested with him Monday, was a master vehicle thief who operated in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab. He was involved in other crimes like kidnapping, dacoity and robberies also, Mann said….IANS