Guwahati: Troops of Guwahati Frontier of Border Security Force seized 2000 nos Yaba Tablets on 10 June 2019, from bordering areas of Kalamati, District Coochbehar (WB).
Acting on a tip-off, on 10 June 2019 at about 2125 hours, troops of BOP Kalamati-II carried out a special ambush near International Boundary under Coochbehar (WB). In the meantime, troops observed the suspicious movement of some miscreants along with consignments of contraband items towards IB attempting to throw the consignment over the fencing from India to Bangladesh and challenged them to stop for identification. They did not pay any heed and the miscreants flee towards the nearest Indian village leaving behind the consignment on the IB taking advantage of darkness and heavy vegetation. After thoroughly searched party recovered 01 bags of the consignment (containing 2000 nos of Yaba tablets, Ganja (6.5 Kg) and 50 bottles of Phensedyl and BD currency (2220 Taka) from the spot.
This drug is prohibited under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. According to sources, these tablets are primarily being manufactured in Myanmar and then sold in India and Bangladesh as the demand for Yaba tablets is on the rise especially among the youths. Seized items have been handed over to PS -Sahebganj under Coochbehar district, (WB).
Besides, BSF troops of Guwahati frontier seized 42 Cattle heads having an approximate value of Rs. 3,43,384 on the intervening night of 10-11 June 2019.
BSF troops are always alert towards the issues of trans-border crimes and illegal infiltration and are making all endeavors to contain such trans-border crimes.
As per a psychiatrist (name withheld) and media reports, in the early stages of using yaba tablets one can become more sociable…”People enjoy music, cigarettes and sex more”.
In neighbouring country Bangladesh there’s a very unhealthy association between yaba and sex – you’re awake longer, you’ve got more energy, you feel more confident. If you stop using yaba, there are no withdrawal symptoms, it’s not like alcohol or heroin. But it’s the effects of yaba that are really addictive. It’s a very, very dangerous drug.”
Yaba first appeared in Bangladesh in 2002 and its use, and abuse has steadily risen since then. Manufactured illicitly in industrial quantities in Myanmar, it is smuggled into Bangladesh in the far south-east of the country, where the border partly follows the River Naf.