Punjabi singer Gurjant Singh, 24, who uses the screen name Gurr-Vir Singh, and an accomplice named Surjit Singh, 35, were arrested by the Punjab police’s special task force (STF) on Saturday as 1.5-kg heroin was recovered from their possession — besides a revolver with five bullets, and a mobile phone with an Italy number — at a naka set up after a tip-off, police said.
Gurjant Singh and his accomplice, Surjit Singh were working with drug smugglers in Vancouver, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Dubai (UAE).
A cell phone seized from the two men had a contact list that included numbers from Vancouver and the other places. The two men allegedly told the police that they used WhatsApp calling to stay in touch with their drug suppliers.
The men were arrested by the Punjab police’s special task force (STF) on Saturday and 1.5 kg of heroin, a revolver with five bullets, and a cell phone with a number from Italy were reportedly seized from them at a police checkpoint.
Assistant Inspector General (AIG), STF, Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, told the media that Gurjant Singh’s brother, Nirmal Singh, is also involved in drug smuggling from Pakistan.
“Surjit Singh said that he is a farmer, but he was into drug peddling for the past two years. He used to procure drugs from smugglers near the Pakistan border. Gurjant is into smuggling since the past six months. We have launched a manhunt to arrest Nirmal Singh too. We are investigating their past criminal record, if any,” police said, according to Indian media.
Police also noted that Gurjant Singh’s songs and videos glorified the gun culture.
Punjab Police did not say how they intend to pursue the Vancouver drug connection.