GUWAHATI: Stepping up its drive against smuggling of contraband items through Railways, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of NF Railway has successfully detected 210 cases during the year 2018 along with the recovery of various types of contraband goods.
According to a press statement, the contraband materials recovered includes Ganja, Opium, Brown Sugar, Tablets/capsules, Phensidyle, Wine/Liquor, Foreign made Cigarette, Agarwood, Tobacco, Betel Nuts, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cough Syrup, Foreign Cloths etc. These items were seized during checking at different stations and trains in NF Railway. The approximate value of seized contraband items is around Rs 5, 82, 21,167. Besides, 43 persons were also arrested for their alleged involvement in shipping of contraband items during the year and handed over to GRP for further action as per law.
The recovered items include Foreign made Cigarette worth Rs 3, 24, 75,562, Ganja worth Rs 1, 26, 96,550, Foreign Cloths worth Rs 12, 00,000 etc.
It may be mentioned here that during the month of January 2019 (up to January 27, 2019) RPF was able to recover contraband items worth Rs 87, 90,314.
In one such recent incident, on January 23, 2019, Asst Sub Inspector / L Debbarma along with Head Constable P Roy, Head Constable S Debnath, Constable Bijit Sinha, Constable A Choudhury, Constable S L Jamatia of Dharmanagar RPF Post, under supervision of AK Singh, ASC / RPF / Agartala, while checking in train No 55680 Dharmanagar - Agartala Passenger, detected 201 bottles “ESKUF Cough Syrup” of 100 ml each. Further, raid and search was conducted jointly with Local Police of Dharmanagar at Hotel Continental near Dharmangar railway station. The joint search lead to recovery of 335 bottles “ESKUF Cough Syrup” of 100 ml each (Total 536 bottles) with arrest of five persons namely, Mahabul Hussain, 35, Rubel Hussain, 29, Alamgir Hussain, 23, all are from Kalamchaura, Altaf Hussain, 42, Madmad Ali and Nazimuddin Laskar, 47, both from Meherpur, Assam. Value of the recovered articles is Rs 56,280 approx. The arrested persons along with the recovered articles were handed over to OC/GRP/Dharmanagar who registered a case vide No 2019/DGR/003 dated January 24, 2019 u/s 21/22 (B)/29 NDPS Act.
In another such case, on January 13, 2019, Head Constable / P Bhowmick and Constable OS Singh along with Dog ‘Tyson’, while checking in train No 55664 Silchar – Agartala passenger found suspected Ganja weighing about 5 kgs (worth Rs 30 thousand in one bag and about 25 kgs Agarwood in another bag. Value of the recovered Agarwood is Rs 2 lakh 50 thousand approx. Total value of recovered articles is Rs 2 lakh 80 thousand approx. The recovered Ganja was handed over to OC / GRP / Badarpur and the Agarwood to Forest beat Officer, Badarpurghat for taking appropriate action under relevant laws.
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