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Five Arrested in Amritsar: 2 ‘Big Fish’ Seized with 3kg Heroin and ₹5.25 Lakh Drug Money

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Two prominent figures in the drug trade were apprehended in Amritsar along with three accomplices as part of the ongoing anti-drug campaign directed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann. The Punjab Police successfully arrested the two fugitive brothers, recognized as significant players in the drug industry—Manjit Singh, also known as Manna, and Lavjit Singh, alias Lav or Labh. The operation resulted in the seizure of 3 kg of heroin and ₹5.25 lakh in drug money from their possession, as announced by Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab, Gaurav Yadav, on Tuesday.

Five Arrested in Amritsar: 2 'Big Fish' Seized with 3kg Heroin and ₹5.25 Lakh Drug Money

The arrested individuals, Manna and Lav, residents of Guru ki Wadali Chheharta in Amritsar, were accompanied by three associates identified as Kans Kaur, Harmanjit Singh (Harman), and Manpreet Singh (Manna), from Chheharta in Amritsar and Dhun Dhahewal in Tarn Taran, respectively. In addition to recovering heroin and drug funds, the police impounded three vehicles—Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai i20, and Renault Pulse—along with a Splendour motorcycle. An electronic weighing scale was also confiscated during the operation.

DGP Gaurav Yadav revealed that the accused brothers, Lav and Manna, who had been evading authorities since 2015, were implicated in numerous cases under the NDPS Act. They were also wanted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Mumbai in a 260-Kg heroin seizure case and by Delhi Special Cell in a 356-Kg heroin seizure case.

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Further investigation unveiled that the brothers had obtained fake passports from Lucknow, listing addresses in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, and were planning to flee the country. Preliminary findings suggested their involvement in a Hawala network, which has now been dismantled.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Amritsar, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, disclosed that the arrests were made based on credible information about Harmanjit alias Harman, who was intercepted while transporting heroin received from Lav and Manna. The subsequent operation led to the arrest of the accused Harman, recovering 2 kg of heroin, ₹1.25 lakh in drug money, and a Hyundai i20 car.

In a follow-up operation, the police detained both Lav and Manna, along with their associates Manpreet and Kans Kaur, confiscating 1 kg of heroin, ₹4 lakh in drug money, two cars, and a motorcycle. The police have identified properties, including a house in Amritsar and land/pl

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