DIGBOI, June 8: Based on the statement to media rendered by Sanjit Sonowal, an accused in connection to Pengaree Police Station Case No 31/2018 u/s 22 (b) of NDPS Act, team Pengaree Police arrested the alleged dreaded and notorious drug mafia Rajen Chetry of Bordumsa Madhapur area in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Wednesday evening. “We raided the residence of Chetry during the day but in vain. As such, we deployed our satellites in the evening which led to the arrest of the accused in the case,” said Sanjiv Saikia, the OC Pengaree Police Station.
According to top police sources, Chetry, inhabiting Assam’s jurisdiction along the border between Tinsukia and Changlang district, had long been moving with various forms of drugs alongside the two States and had become a menace for the society peddling and ferrying the contraband substances among the youth, women and students community in particular. The suspected drug kingpin, charged with trafficking had enough brown sugar and opium to paralyze the younger generation of the society, was also prosecuted earlier in several NDPS cases, including the one under Bordumsa Police Station case No 23/2015 u/s 21/27 dated 23.06.2015 and Bordumsa Police Station case No 12/2007 u/s 17/27 dated both under NDPS Act prosecuted by Bordumsa Arunachal Police.
Though no contraband substance was recovered from the possession of Chetry during the time of arrest, yet the accused peddler Sanjit Sonowal, who was held with around 270 grams of brown sugar on June 3 by a local women’s organization at Pengaree Inthem area, admitted that the drug was bought from Chetry and that both had been trading in drugs for long.
Meanwhile, with the arrest of Chetry, there was a wave of happiness among the people of both States. On the other hand, Tangjong Langching, the OC Bordumsa Arunachal Police, while lauding the efforts of the Assam Police, expressed concern over the rapid and unabated rise of drug circulation and consumption in the border area and as such appealed to Assam Police and general people, including the organizations on both sides of the border, to stand united and crack down heavily upon the menace of drug-abuse. “Technical impediments, including jurisdiction issue, most of the time stand as stumbling block on our way to curb the menace,” regretted Langching.