New Delhi: A Border Security Force (BSF) constable has been arrested by Punjab Police in a Pakistan-sponsored drugs and illegal arms smuggling racket. The constable was identified as Sumit Kumar, a resident of Gurdaspur. He was arrested with arms and ammunition.

Foreign-made weapons, including a 9mm pistol (Zigana-made in Turkey), along with 80 live cartridges (etched with Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) markings), two magazines and two live cartridges of 12 bore gun, along with Rs 32.30 lakh drug proceeds, were recovered from constable Kumar alias Noni.

A resident of village Magar Mudian in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, Kumar is the alleged kingpin of the racket. He was posted along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector, the DGP said, adding that the three others arrested in the case have been identified as Simarjit Singh alias Simma, Amanpreet Singh, and Manpreet Singh.

An FIR under sections 302, 506, 341, 120 B, 212 and 216 of the IPC, 25 Arms Act has been registered at Kartarpur police station against Amanpreet, Simranjit and Sukhwant, all residents of Dhirpur village, for the murder of a person named Jagjit Singh.

Giving details, the DGP said Jalandhar (Rural) Police had arrested Amanpreet on July 11 in Jagjit murder case, and during investigation, Amanpreet disclosed that he and his brothers were in touch with one Shah Musa of Pakistan, for smuggling of narcotics and weapons across the Indo-Pak border.

Amanpreet further revealed that they had come into contact with Musa through Manpreet and a constable of BSF posted on the Jammu and Kashmir border.

He said constable Kumar had earlier been lodged in Gurdaspur jail during the trial of a murder case, where he had come in contact with Manpreet.

Gupta said that the conspiracy to smuggle drugs and weapons from across the border was hatched in Gurdaspur jail.

Manpreet further introduced Amanpreet, Simranjit and Sukhwant to constable Kumar.

Armed with these disclosures, Jalandhar Rural Police arrested Simarjeet and Manpreet on July 12 while Kumar was apprehended in coordination with the BSF, after DGP Punjab took up the matter personally with DG BSF on Saturday (July 11).

The DGP said that Sumit had disclosed his involvement in repeated smuggling of narcotics and weapons from across the border.