BISWANATH: An operation led by Bihali Police led to the capture of contraband ganja worth Rs 24 lakhs during an operation thin the Buroighat region of Bihali in Biswanath. Two suspected dealers of narcotics were also apprehended during the operation.
The operation was led by the Officer In charge of the Bihali Police Station. The team seized a total of 48.9 kgs of ganja which is worth approximately Rs 24 lakhs. According to the information received, the consignment of narcotics was on its way from Rowta towards Gohpur. The consignment was inside a Maruti Suzuki WangonR bearing registration number AS 01 R 4252.
The naka checking was carried out on National Highway No 15 near the Buroi Bridge in the Buroighat locality of the region. The two apprehended members were identified as Derchuma Kachari and Balendra Basumatary belonging to the Udalguri district of the state.
Though Tinsukia police made significant strides in checking illicit drug trafficking, there appears to be no let-up in the recovery of drugs with new and habitual offenders falling into the police dragnet in recent times. Parag Buragohain, officer-in-charge of Tinsukia Sadar police station, who is spearheading the anti-drug operations, cited two main reasons- primarily the witnesses are not supportive during court trials, often refrain from appearing in the court even as the convicts are properly charge-sheeted and secondly, flexibility in the quantum of punishment subject to the quantity of recovery. Buragohain opined that public support through mass awareness campaigns in and around the place of occurrence and fearless disclosure by the witnesses can significantly assist in the trial, adding that giving repeated chances to habitual offenders in drug cases to join the mainstream is dangerous for society. With three cases of repeat offenders in Tinsukia, the peddlers indulged in similar activities.