AGARTALA: During India’s liberation war the freedom fighters were in habit of using books as camouflage for smuggling of small weapons like pistols but in Independent India the technique has been emulated by the ‘liberated’ smugglers to smuggle heroin.
This was revealed on Saturday when acting on secret information the BSF jawans raided the Agartala bound Silchar-Agartala passenger train at Kumarghat station on Saturday and recovered two fat books in a bag which was reported to have contained heroin. After unfolding the book they found a cavity that was made inside the book cutting its pages and the heroin was kept hidden in it. The quantity of the recovered heroin was 265 grams valued at around Rs 53 lakh.
Inspector Santosh Kumar led a joint team of BSF Bn No 55 based at Panisagar and BN No 133 based at Nalkata in white dress and seized the consignment but could not detain the person as none claimed ownership of the bag. This is one of the biggest catches of heroin in recent times.
Tripura has launched a massive drive against narcotics since the new BJP-IPFT coalition government led by Chief Minister Biplab Deb came to power in March. The police have already recovered large quantities of narcotic items including over 50,000 kg of cannabis or ganja.
“Earlier police encountered the many innovative ways the smugglers were using to smuggle the proscribed narcotic items but Saturday’s experience was a new one,” said a local police officer.