Guwahati: At a time when the entire when there is a widespread sensation over the running of the alleged supari syndicate (betel nut) in and around the Kamrup District, Jalukbari Police on Wednesday night seized at least 30 trucks laden with illegal Burmese supari.
Meanwhile, the police are carrying out an investigation in connection to the matter.
It may be mentioned that Superintendent of Police, Partha Sarathi Mahanta earlier informed in a press conference that based on a news report dated 8/8/19 in the regional newspaper over alleged Supari Syndicate Raj in Baihata Chariali under Kamrup District, a departmental enquiry was ordered by DGP of Assam Police, based on which a suo-muto case was registered at Baihata PS Case No. 311/19 under section 120(B)/109/420/409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Later, Officer in charge of Baihata PS under section 91 CrPC forwarded a letter to the editor the media group urging for his cooperation in the case, but since the reply was found not in conformity with the requirements as per section 91 CrPC, the matter was brought into the notice of court and accordingly, the court directed the editor of local media group to cooperate with the O/C Baihata PS in the case and submit all relevant and necessary documents pertaining to the case.
It may also be mentioned that a huge stock of fake Burmese products was seized by Dillai police along the Assam-Nagaland border in East Karbi Anglong on Tuesday last.
The products were seized from three trucks heading towards Guwahati from Dimapur. The seized products included contraband cigarettes, mosquito repellents, synthetic textiles and cosmetics items which are a replica of branded items available in the Indian market. The approximate face value of the seized products is estimated to be over Rs 50 lakh.
These fake products were sourced by some Dimapur-based businessman from Manipur through the porous Indo-Myanmar border at Moreh.
The smugglers use NH-36 as a safe transit route to pump in these contraband products into Assam and other places in the north-eastern region.
Cigarettes and Godzilla — a mosquito repellent brand sold in coil form — are popular items among other brands imported from Myanmar. This brand of mosquito repellent had been declared ‘hazardous’ under the Indian Insecticide Act, 1968. This product can be found in almost every grocery shop in the State.