Rangia: Amid the crackdown of the Assam Police on illegal drug traders and peddlers after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma personally decided to take strong steps against narcotics to save the young generation, the civic society and artistes of Assam are also doing their bit.
A group of artists from Rangia has been trying to create awareness against illegal drugs and the menace created by these. Actor and director Pankaj Pallav Sarma has made a web series known as "The Silent Killer". The web series has been produced by social worker Nipam Bhuyan. The sixth episode of the web series was released at a function organised at Bota Kuchi Chauk, Rangia. Releasing the episode educationist Binod Kalita lauded the effort of the producer-director duo and called upon everyone to rise against illegal drugs. He insisted that it should be the duty of everyone to save the young generation from the menace.
Educationist Girijananda Bhatta, cultural activist Dhrubajyoti Kalita, social worker Kartik Deka, Dipak Kalita, among others attended the function. The script of the web series is written by Pankaj Pallav Sarma.
On Sunday, the city police arrested a person with 15 vials of drugs from Teteliya. The accused have been identified as Narayan Das alias Abdulla Sheikh. The police have also seized five mobile phones and a Figo car (AS01- MA0030) from his possession. In another operation, the Crime Branch and Satgaon Police arrested one Nanao Mangte (32) with 302 gm brown sugar from Panjabari. The accused is from Churachandpur, Manipur. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the Assam Police arrested 49 persons and registered 22 drug cases on June 5. The seizures include — 2.062 kg brown sugar, 14.313 kg ganja, 1,17,138 tablets, 21 codeine-based cough syrup bottles, 252 gm opium, and Rs 4,33,270 cash.
The drug peddlers are using different techniques to avoid arrest and supply drugs. Amid the lockdown, the peddlers are delivering drugs to the doorstep by disguising themselves as food delivery drivers. In this regard, on Saturday, the police checked several food drivers in a bid to avoid drug peddling.
On Monday, Paltan Bazar police arrested a food delivery boy for allegedly peddling drugs in the city of Guwahati. Two more drug peddlers including a woman were also arrested in connection to the incident. As per the information regarding drugs selling by Zomato and Swiggy delivery boys, a search operation was conducted at South Sarania under Paltan Bazar Police Station and three peddlers namely, Subhankar Sarkar (20) son of Dilip Sarkar of Bylane 7, South Sarania, PS Paltanbazar, Brojen Das (21) son of Ganesh Das of Bylane 4, South Sarania, PS Paltan Bazar and Gayatri Roy (40) wife of Late Lakhinda Roy of Byelane 7, South Sarania, PS Paltan Bazar have been apprehended. In total, 13 vials containing suspected brown sugar weighing 6 gm have been recovered during the operation. All three peddlers are residents of the South Sarania area.