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Punjab Police Academy Becomes Drug Den; 2 Arrested, 6 Under Scanner

The drug racket has been busted in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, where the sale and purchase of drugs has been going on for the past four years.

File photo of Jalandhar Rural Police officers. (Image: Twitter/ @Jal_R_Police)

Chandigarh: The Punjab Police force, which is supposed to wipe out drugs from the state, has become its victim. A drug racket has been busted in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, where the sale and purchase of drugs has been going on for the past four years. Eight policemen are already under the scanner in the case.

So far, the Jalandhar Rural Police have arrested two accused — a head constable, Shakti Kumar, and a water carrier named Jai Ram. A case has been registered under Sections 21 (punishment for contravention in relation to manufactured drugs and preparation), and 29 of the NDPS Act (abetting or being a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable under this chapter). Both have been produced before the court and sent to judicial custody.

According to SSP Jalandhar Rural, Swapan Sharma, “A case has been registered against the two accused. However, the technical intelligence (phone records, etc) is being gathered about six more suspects.”

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The Punjab Police Academy is the place where policemen and officers are trained before they join service. The case becomes important since the academy deploys 450-500 police personnel at various positions and it gives training to nearly 1,500 recruits. The fear is that many among them could fall prey to drugs at the threshold of their career.

According to preliminary investigations carried out by officials at the academy, at least eight police personnel, including five constables, two head constables, and a Class IV employee, were involved in the drug supply chain. Apart from these eight, many police personnel have already confirmed to the inquiry officials of being “white powder and heroin-dependent.”

“The story doesn’t end here. In fact, it begins here and that is the worry,” said a source. Now the academy officials are seeking a compulsory dope test on the police personnel to ascertain the extent to which the damage has been done.

Took Loan To Pay For Drugs, Says Constable

There are reports that heroin worth more than Rs 1 crore may have been sold on the campus. A constable said that he made payments to the accused, Shakti, and even took a loan from the bank to pay for the drug purchase.

Cop Admitted to Hospital Spilled The Beans

The drug racket was busted after a 28-year-old head constable was reportedly addicted to heroin. The constable was recently admitted to DMC Hospital in Ludhiana. He is still serious and he cannot be given intravenous medicines due to the repeated abuse of syringes for the intake of drugs. After his admission, the administration of the Punjab Police Academy initiated an inquiry into the matter.

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