The anti-drugs Special Task Force (STF) of Punjab Police on Friday arrested three persons, including a former DSP and a Dera head, with 15 kg of opium in Fatehgarh Sahib. The police have also recovered a .32 bore revolver, live cartridges and an Indica car from their possession. Acting on a tip-off, the police had laid a trap in the village Tana in Fathehgarh Sahib and arrested the three.
The accused have been identified as Sarvan Singh, Hakikat Rai and Bikram Nath, all from Punjab. The three have been taken into police custody after presenting them before the court. While Hakikat Rai is a retired DSP of the Punjab Police, Bikram Nath is the Gaddinashin (Chief) of Dera Jaswant Nath Fathehgarh Sahib.
Sarvan Singh, a truck driver, is known to have visited the Dera frequently. His brother Joginder Singh Naraingarh is an influential Congress leader in Maloh.
Bikram Singh is at the helm of affairs of the Dera, sprawling over 28 acres, since 12 years and is reportedly a drug-addict. Hakikat Rai joined the Dera in 2015 after retiring from service where he befriended Bikram Nath and Sarvan Singh. Since Sarvan was a truck driver, he used to facilitate the movement of drugs into other states as well, said the police.
On the other hand, Hakikat Rai was known as a sharp police officer and had solved many cases during his service, the prominent being the murder of Quark City engineer Sukhwinderjeet Singh in 2000. Hakikat Rai had declared Neki Nalwa and her friend Himmatbir Singh as the murderers within three days of investigation. He was suspended for doing so as the case was high profile. 15 days later when police solved the case, Neki eventually came out be the murderer, following which Hakikat Rai was reinstated.