Silchar: One of the most accessible and vulnerable routes of smugglers for smuggling in contraband goods from the Manipur-Myanmar axis is the Jiribam-Jirighat stretch of NH 37. Once the smugglers can dodge past the high security check gate of Jirighat, they can slip into this side of the border to deliver their intoxicating substances to their prospective selling points. Considering the strategic entry route for contraband goods, the civil administration maintains strict vigilance over it. Still, the hilly and jungle-infested areas along the highway provide the peddler's space to evade and get passage.
It was this alert and vigilance maintained by SDPO Anurag Sharma assisted by OC Joypur SI K Smite and Jirighat police staff backed by 37 Assam Rifles B Coy which culminated in raids against drugs and contraband items at Diglangmukh punjee under Jirighat police station in the twilight hours of Tuesday. This led to the recovery of 17 kgs of opium or ganja and arrest of the smuggler identified as Fakrul Hussain Mazumder of Makhannagar. Hussain was caught red-handed while delivering the sacks of opium to Ringsan Hmar of the same village. Ringsan, however, managed to flee from the spot.
Anurag Sharma said the searches of the bordering areas with Manipur will continue and their frequent raids too in order to eliminate the menace posed by smugglers and their harmful substances. Fir was lodged by SI Smite at Jirighat police station related to the recovery and the case has been registered vide no. 9/2020 u/s 20 (b) Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.