source: Hindustan Times.
With links in Australia and Pakistan, the ED (Enforcement Directorate) started its probe looking into the money trail in the case.
“We will investigate as where the drug returns were invested and will start the attachment process of properties bought from the money. The role of Punjab Police officials and others whose name cropped during the STF probe is also under lens. We will proceed according to evidence,” said a senior ED official.
On account of probe details shared by Punjab Police’s special task force, Central agency files an ECIR against Gurdeep Singh Rano, former sarpanch of Rano village in Ludhiana district, and seven other persons in the high-profile international drug cartel case.
The other accused are Ravez Singh Dhillon, Akashdeep Singh, Babaljit Singh, Iqbal and Ramneek Singh, all from the Khanna area of Ludhiana district, and NRIs Simran Sidhu (based in Italy) and Tanvir Singh Bedi (based in Australia).
The ED in its probe found the accused smuggling heroin and other narcotic substances from Pakistan and other countries via shipping containers.
Then they used to pile up the contraband in the various parts of the country and sell it in Punjab and elsewhere. The investigation also established that Rano and other accused had close ties with police officials and many gangsters.
Rano got arrested in November last year and they seized eight cars including a Jaguar, a Q7 Audi, a Toyota Fortuner and a BMW, from his palatial house. It had also recovered 5.39 kg heroin and illegal arms from him in a special operation. Rano, who owned only a scooter until 2015, allegedly amassed property of ₹50 crores in four years. He used to have tight security with him.