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Drug seizures continue in Assam's capital


Sentinel Digital Desk

After Guwahati haul, NCB sleuths conduct raids in Manipur, UP and Bihar

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, May 8: Starkly exposing the dark underbelly of Guwahati, drug seizures by anti-rcotics agencies are continuing in the capital city.

The rcotic Control Bureau busted an inter-state gang of drug smugglers, arresting four persons and seizing a huge quantity of rcotics en route from Manipur to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Acting on a specific input, NCB sleuths intercepted the four accused – Abdul Kalam and Md Muzibur Rehman of Imphal East, Sohrab Khan of Gaya and Ram Milan of Raebareli – at Ulubari yesterday.

Over 2 kg of morphine and 54.5 kg of opium were seized from the accused.

NCB's zol director Praveen Kumar Deshwal said the consignment was being transported from Manipur to Bihar and UP.

"Abdul Kalam is the main supplier and Sohrab in the buyer. They had brought the rcotics in a truck and were preparing to transfer the consignment onto a Scorpio vehicle. To conceal the rcotics, they had even made cavities in the vehicle seat," he said.

Based on the statements of the four accused, NCB teams are conducting raids at Manipur, UP and Bihar, he said.

Most of the opium-based rcotics are sourced in Manipur and Aruchal Pradesh where the plant is grown, the NCB officer said, adding that Guwahati, being the gateway to the Northeast, has turned into a transit point for drug peddlers taking the rcotics to other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Latasil police bbed a former U-19 cricketer Muzammil Haque with banned tablets and syrups at Panbazar. Haque has landed in police net for the third time in as many years. Around 180 strips of tablets and 16 bottles of cough syrup were seized from his scooter.

Police also arrested one Munni Devi, acting on information provided by a drug dealer Dhanbati Devi who was arrested from Sarabbhati yesterday. The GRP also apprehended a drug addict Safiqul Islam at the railway station.

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