Cop-turned-smuggler Ranjit Singh sent to police custody in Amritsar

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Amritsar, Jan. 30 (ANI): An Amritsar Court on Saturday sent wanted cop-turned-smuggler Ranjit Singh, who was arrested by joint forces of Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police yesterday, to five days police custody.

The breakthrough came after the Border Security Force and the Punjab Police launched a joint operation to nab the smuggler, who had been declared most wanted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in connection with smuggling of 45 kilograms of heroin three years ago.

Singh, who was on the run for over three years, was nabbed near the border where he had come to coordinate with the smugglers.

The police have also found out that Singh had made several phone calls to Pakistan based smugglers in the last three to four days.

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Surprisingly, Singh is a former Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police, who was suspended three years back for his involvement in smuggling of 45 kgs of heroin.

Station house officer at the Aajnala Police Station Jagbir Singh said Ranjit Singh, a resident of an Attari village, had come to execute a smuggling operation, but was nabbed by police on the basis of intelligence input.

A police official claimed that a mobile phone, Indian and Pakistani SIM cards and a diary containing the names and contact numbers of a few Pakistani smugglers have been recovered from Singh. (ANI)

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