Legal Correspondent: TIASHA SINHA RAY
On 25th August A Special Task Force (STF) of West Bengal Police and Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested three people all resident of Manipur from Dibrugarh- New Delhi Special Rajdhani train and seized 3.8 KG of heroine from them. Not so long Kolkata police arrested four people with heroine worth Rs. 55 crore. The two smugglers of this drug gang was from West Bengal and the other two were from Bihar and Manipur. The time interval between these two cases was only one week.
The STF and GRP raided a compartment of Dibrugarh- New Delhi Special Rajdhani train at New Jalpaiguri Railway station on 25th August and arrested three persons, they were all from Manipur and STF seized 3.8kg heroine from them which is worth Rs. 19 crore in the international market, a release issued by the STF said. A case has been filled against them. And also in the same day, in another operation, the STF arrested two arms dealer and seized 50 rounds of 7.65 mm live ammunition and Rs. 49,000 cash from their possession a release issued by STF said. Before these two incidents, Kolkata police arrested four smugglers and seized heroine is worth Rs. 55 crore.
It was not the first time, on august 12, STF of West Bengal police arrested two smugglers from West Port police station area, one arrested accused was Ismail Sheikh from Malda and another arrested accused was Abhishek Salam from Manipur. Police seized Amphetamine tablets (commonly referred to as Yaba) worth Rs 5 crore in the international market from their possession. Under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code(IPC) and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act( NDPS) a case has been registered against them. After interrogating these two people, police got information of two more smugglers and the STF raided a hideout at Gazole in Malda and 10kg of heroine worth around Rs 50 crore was seized from them. In that second raid the two arrested accused was Lalit Sahani from Samastipur in Bihar and Sumit Ali Patra from Raghunathgunj in Murshidabad district.
In just a month, it is a matter of great concern that so many smuggling cases have been caught from West Bengal. Maybe more will be found in the future. But the way our police have thwarted all their plans is truly commendable.
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