'Operation Clean': Punjab Police launch biggest crackdown against drug smugglers
Chandigarh: Punjab Police on Wednesday launched a state-wide operation 'Operation Clean' in order to keep a tab on people linked to the smuggling of commercial quantities of drugs. The operation was carried out on the orders of Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav.
"Further intensifying its ongoing drive to make Punjab a drug-free state as per the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police on Wednesday launched a state-wide operation 'OPS Clean' aimed at keeping a tab on activities of persons involved in smuggling of commercial quantities of drugs. The operation was conducted on the directions of Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav," an official statement stated.
In this connection, Arpit Shukla, Special DGP (Law and Order), stated that raids were conducted early in the morning from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at locations associated with drug smugglers and their peddlers.
"All the CPs and SSPs were asked to personally monitor this operation and make a sufficient number of police teams under the supervision of gazetted rank officers so that they could carry out raids in a synchronised manner," he added.
"As many as 650 Police teams, involving over 5500 police personnel, have raided 2247 locations and conducted searches at 2125 houses of persons having involvement in drug smuggling cases," he said.
In addition, the Special DGP reported that huge amounts of heroin, poppy husk, opium, and four weapons were recovered and seized during operations.
"Police teams have covered 1.8 kg heroin, 82 kg poppy husk, 1 kg opium, Rs 5.35 lakh drug money and four weapons, besides recovering illicit liquor, raw material used to make liquor and vehicles after registering 48 first information reports (FIRs) across the state. Police teams have also seized 78 mobile phones, which will be sent for forensic examination."
The Special DGP further stated that the purpose of this operation was to keep an eye on the influx of drugs from across inter-state borders.
"Such raids would continue further."