7 kg heroin found seized from Canada bound consignment

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Amritsar, Sep 11 (UNI) Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Enforcement (DRI) seized seven kg heroin from a consignment of religious literature which was bound for Canada.

The seizure was made at Ludhiana from the truck of a reputed courier company which was carrying the consignment to Delhi. The drug was found in 70 small packets, each weighing 100 grams.

The DRI team led by its Joint Director Dheeraj Rastogi intercepted the truck carrying religious literature in the form of CDs and books belonging to the Amritsar-based CJ Multi Media Company owned by M/S Jeewan Singh, Chattar Singh, the oldest private printing house of Punjab. The printing house has been involved in the printing of Sikh religious literature,including the Guru Granth Sahib and it has a retail outlet outside the Clock Tower entrance of the Golden Temple.

However Jeewan Singh, Chattar Singh stopped printing of the Guru Granth Sahib after the Punjab government brought an ordinance and later passed a Bill in the state assembly in March this year, banning the printing and publishing or selling of the scripture be private printing houses or firms. The scripture now is only printed, published and distributed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC).

DRI Joint Director Dheeraj Rastogi while confirming the seizure said that thereafter a raid was conducted on the premises of Jeewan Singh, Chattar Singh. The DRI sleuths rounded up one of the proprietors of the printing house, Vicky and his cousin for questioning.

The printing house had been at loggerheads with the Akal Takht for the last couple of years after a former Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh held them guilty of violating Sikh traditions while printing, publishing and distributing the holy scripture.

Harbhajan Singh, another proprietor of the firm claimed that they had nothing to do with smuggling of heroin, which had been loaded on the truck carrying their consignment at Phagwara. The DRI is still investigating the matter and so far no arrests had been made.

Meanwhile Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC) condemned the incident and said that the Akal Takht should take action against the printing house as the seizure of the heroin from a consignment of religious literature and CDs was a serious matter. He pointed out that this firm had been at the centre of controversies in the past.

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