Guwahati: Tripura Police along with Tripura State Rifles recovered 1643 kg of dry ganja worth Rs 82 lakh hidden underground in houses as well as in a jungle bordering Kalamchora in Sepahijala district of Tripura. The drive which was conducted as a part of the Tripura Police Anti-Drugs Operations, started on Saturday afternoon. The police during its massive hunt could locate the ganja kept in 46 plastic barrels and several packets and sacks under the floors of houses and in the jungle area of Kapalitill.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sonamura Rajdeep Deb, who led the operation, said, “It was a 24-hour-long operation in the terrain which was very difficult and different. It was only possible due to the cooperation of all. The altitude is higher and finding out the barrels was a herculean task. A total of 46 drums have been recovered and the investigation is still on.”
He further added that it was a joint operation of the police consisting of various police personnel’s from Amtali, Srinagar and Kalamchora and the 7th battalion TSR
The massive search operation was conducted manually and also with the help of JCB for digging and recovered around 1643 kg of dry ganja with a market price around Rs 82 lakh.
It may be mentioned that About 1,400 Kgs of cannabis, stored in plastic vats hidden underground, was recovered by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and state police at two separate locations in Tripura's Sepahijala district on September last. In another similar incident, North Tripura Police has seized 1359 kg marijuana worth around 1 crores from an oil tanker from near the Assam border in the month of September
Of late it has come to light that Organised cultivation and harvesting of ganja for commercial purpose in Tripura as a new trend. Security agencies are closely monitoring the development in the Eastern sector in partnership with Tripura Police and other enforcement agencies and paramilitary forces. It has been observed that cultivation of ganja is taking place in the hilly tracts and jungles of Tripura under the thick foliage of rubber plantations, the agency said.
With the close proximity of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Tripura has been used as a drug and contraband smuggling corridor for over a decade. Cannabis cultivation became rampant in the bordering sub-divisions of the state, which grew as an alternative source of economy. In a period of around eight months after the new BJP-IPFT Government led by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb came to power, the Tripura Police and other security forces recovered around 60,000 kilograms of dry marijuana besides other drugs and contraband.