School boys being used as conduits for heroin smuggling

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Amritsar, Oct 4 (UNI) A 13-year-old boy was made to skip school whenever his father handed over a packet of white powder with the instruction that it was to be taken in his school bag to a particular place.

The boy, staying at Muthianwali village, close to the Indo-Pakistan border, was being used as a conduit for smuggling heroin. He was taken into custody along with his father Mehal Singh by the Special Narcotics Cell of the Punjab police near Sultanwind village, on the outskirts of the city. A packet of the drug was found in the schoolbag with his books.

Narcotics Cell officials said the boy had no knowledge of the content of the packet he carried in his bag. He told them that he was not permitted to go to school in Muthianwali village by his father whenever the powder was to be taken to a pre-determined place in Amritsar.

Mehal Singh was getting Rs 8000 (per packet) for his efforts.

His son was sent to a reformatory home in Hoshiarpur after the arrest.

Officials said their house is located just 200 metres from the barbed wire fence along the border. The boy was made to retrieve the heroin packet or packets thrown over the fence by the Pakistani smugglers.

The packets retrieved from the border fields used to be kept hidden in the house till his father, Mehal Singh received a call on his cell phone. The father-son duo would then transport one packet at a time to Amritsar and return after handing it over to an 'unidentified source' who had hired them.

The payment was made to Mehal Singh by this 'source', whose duty was to take the heroin to Delhi and hand it over to his boss. The actual identity of the 'source' was never revealed to Mehal Singh, a farmer who owns two acres of land.


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