Migrant Workers From Assam Held With Heroin in Kerala
Within 12 days in October, four people from Assam were arrested by Kothamangalam excise department. The police seized almost 60 gm of heroin from them.
GUWAHATI : Kerala police is worried about a recent rise in the influx of drugs like heroin in the Ernakulam area. It is believed that the smugglers involved in this case belongs from Assam and the drug is being supplied in by the migrant workers.
The involvement of guest workers in smuggling of narcotic substances is been suspected by the police department of Kerala from a long time. In few of the earlier investigations, it is also proved that the workers from Assam are secretly exploring the state in a view to resale the drugs. They are found doing odd jobs in the state. This time within 12 days in October four people from Assam were arrested by Kothamangalam excise department. The police seized almost 60 gm of heroin from them.
According to the police, the workers from North east bring up tiny amounts of drugs in every visit to Kerala, just to avoid getting caught in railway and train checking. Later, they dispose these drugs among the localities and other migrant workers in that particular place at a much higher price and manages to get a good amount of profit.
The smugglers are youngsters from Assam who are involved in small chores in the district. 26 year old Anjarul Hussain of Nagaon district was caught with 10 gm of heroin on 14th of October, Saddam Hussain alias Ainul Hauq , 26 year old was caught with another 10 gm heroin on 16th October. This continues as, on the same day, Noor Mohammad was arrested who was a 27 year old native from Jaramari. Later on, 20 gm was seized from Akkibul Islam, a 22 year old from Nagaon on 26th of October.
According to the excise department, the search doesn't end here, as they believe that there are more Assam natives or workers from other northeast states that are involved in smuggling.
They found out too many numbers from Nagaland who were in contact with the accused, which emphasizes on the fact that they are procuring these drugs from the state. All the accused are under non-bailable offence as seizure of more than 5 kg of drugs is considered as ' intermidiate quantity'.
'We also think that Malayalis are involved in funding these dealers to buy the drugs ' added, Enakulam excise circle inspector, Prathap.