NAB cracks Kaimai drug case, busts family-run WY racket
STAFF REPORTER/IANS IMPHAL, 4th May: In follow-up investigation on the recent seizure of one lakh World is Yours (WY) amphetamine tablets by troops of 23 Assam Rifles, the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) arrested three persons, including a couple, besides recovering drugs, Indian and Burmese currencies, bank documents, etc., from their possession.
Deputy superintendent of police (NAB) Th Brinda told newspersons that the trio were arrested with the assistance of Tengnoupal police around 6 am Friday.
Identifying the three persons as Sougaijam Robindro Singh (28), son of S Ibotombi Singh of Kackhing Wairi Thongam Leikai, presently a resident of Moreh Super-market Ward No 2, Robindro’s wife – Lalrozami Mizo Duhlian (27) and his mother in-law Chalmawii Mizo Duhlian, w/o Hashim of Dalpati Road, Moreh Ward No 2, Brinda said the drug ‘kingpins’ were nabbed during the course of investigation relating to the seizure of one lakh WY tablets by 23 AR troops at the Kaimai (Tamenglong district) post of the AR unit on April 10.
Further stating that the three ‘kingpins’ of the drug racket were tracked down based on disclosure by those who were arrested in connection with the Kaimai drug-haul case, the DySP also confided that the trio handle the cross-border drug cartel.
According to Brinda, the arrested family is one of the biggest suppliers of drugs spanning from Myanmar to India.
Other items recovered from the trio’s possession included 5200 pieces of WY tablets, 100 gm of heroin powder, Ks 28,801 (Burmese currency), Rs 1,13,150, one Hyundai Creta, 10 mobile handsets, three bank passbooks, two cheque books, two ATM cards, one counting (money) machine, and several incriminating documents.
Reminding that a retired DySP named Md Abdul Latif of Dewlahland and his wife – Nasim Banu were also arrested last month while one key absconder identified as Abdul Wahab (27) s/o Abothem of Keirao Mayai Leikai was rounded up from Lilong bazar on May 1 in connection with the same case, Brinda said that further investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, an international drug smuggler was arrested on Friday with amphetamine tablets valued at Rs 2 crore in the local market, a Customs official said.
RK Dorendrajit, Assistant Commissioner of the Customs Division, identified the accused person as Sujit Das, a resident of Manipur.
According to an IANS report, an anti-narcotics team of the Customs Division acted on intelligence inputs that the drugs would be brought from Moreh, a town bordering Myanmar.
“We put multiple traps for the smuggler in all suspected areas in and around Imphal. Our people did not sleep since the vigil was on for five days and nights,” he said. The smuggler walked into one trap with one lakh tablets.
Dorendrajit said: “We have done preliminary testing and there is high percentage of narcotics in the tablets.
“The smuggler will be handed over to police along with the seized drugs. For some time, the Customs Division has been seizing drugs, gold bars and other items which are smuggled from Myanmar.”