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Canada-based NRI wanted in Jagdish drug case dies of cardiac arrest

Ranjit Singh Aujla alias Dara Muthada, a Canada-based NRI who was wanted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the multi-crore Jagdish Bhola drug case, died of cardiac arrest.

Ranjit was an Indian-Canadian and a former president of the British Columbia Kabaddi Federation. He was an accused in the drug smuggling case.
Ranjit was an accused in the drug smuggling case. Photo courtesy: ACI

He was settled in British Columbia.

Fifty-five-year-old Ranjit hailed from Jalandhar’s Muthada Kalan village, the Indian Express reported.

A promoter of kabaddi, Ranjit was an Indian-Canadian and a former president of the British Columbia Kabaddi Federation. He was an accused in the drug smuggling case. ED sources confirmed his death.

Sources said that he was a frequent visitor to India to participate in the local kabaddi tournaments before his name figured in the Bhola drug case.

He also courted controversy by featuring in a Punjabi song glorifying rule-breaking Jat prisoners in jail.

In February 2018 when Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau visited India, the then Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh had met with him in Amritsar and handed over a list of names of 11 Canadian NRIs, accused in the multi-crore drug smuggling case, to him. Ranjit’s name was also in the list.

Jagdish Bhola was formerly with Punjab police. A special CBI court in Mohali had sentenced him to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment in the case.

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