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Punjab : Moga Police freeze properties of drug smugglers worth Rs 12.80 cr in past 6 mths

Moga: As part of a special drive against drug smugglers and proclaimed offenders (POs), the Moga Police froze properties worth Rs 12.80 crores in last six months.

Sharing details here on Thursday, SSP Gill said to make Drug Smugglers and POs face the due process of law, they have been proactively working towards getting their illegally obtained properties— which includes land, residential or house, attached.

He said as per the records, the Moga Police have managed to get seized the properties worth Rs 10.08 crores of at least 39 POs, besides, freezing properties of over Rs 2.70 crores of 11 drug smugglers from January 1, 2021, till now.

He said they had attached properties of POs under sections 82/83 of the CrPC, while properties of drug smugglers were attached under section 68F (2) of the NDPS act with the order of Administrator, SAFEM(FOP), after which, the cases were sent to the competent authorities for the seizure of the properties.

“As soon as we got clearance from the Department of Revenue, the police have seized all the properties,” said the police officer adding that further process is on to auction these properties, which will help in generating the revenue for the Government.

Apart from this, 15 Cases about freezing property worth Rs 6.14 crores of 15 drug smugglers, while, similar cases, related with property seizure of at least 11 POs worth Rs 88.70 lakhs are in pipeline, said the officer adding that soon they will get clearance to freeze these properties.

Notably, the Moga Police has managed to forfeit properties worth Rs 21.03 crores of at least 53 drug smugglers since 2017.

SSP said the police have also disposed of a total of 588 vehicles in the last eight months and generated revenue of Rs 1.30 crores from these auctions. He added that the revenue generated from these auctions has been deposited in the State Exchequer.

Meanwhile, in 2020-21, the Moga police had incinerated a huge cache of drugs confiscated in 664 cases registered in various police stations of the district. A total of 185.63 quintals poppy husk; 4,88,241 pills and capsules, 20.95 kg intoxicant powder, 10.48 kg heroin, 166 cough syrup vials, 272 grams of smack, 7.55 kg Ganja and 7.5 kg green poppy plant was incinerated.

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