DRI, BSF and Tripura police seize huge quantity of drugs in joint action
Agartala/UNI: The joint efforts of Tripura police, BSF and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to crackdown on drug smugglers in Tripura and other neighbouring states, following the direction of Union home ministry, has yielded results in the first drive.
According to reports, DRI has arrested as many as 13 drug smugglers in Tripura on Wednesday in three separate raids and seized contraband items worth Rs 30 lakh and Rs 68,000 in cash.
In two raids at Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district 23 brown sugar-filled vials, 121 empty vials, six mobile phones and Rs 68,000 in cash were seized and six persons identified as Mintu Banik, (35), Arup Das (31), Jhutan Das (28), Rakesh Das (32), Narayan Das (20) and Sanjay Sutradhar (18) were arrested.
In another raid, DRI arrested six persons from Ranir Bazar for smuggling 35kg cannabis valued at Rs 5 lakh.
BSF seized 4,000 Yaba tablets worth Rs 20 lakh wrapped in a polythene packet in South Tripura district. The smugglers, however, fled the spot towards the Indian side of the border area taking advantage of darkness and thick vegetation.
In yet another incident, a joint team of BSF troops, deployed at the border outpost Rayermura, along with Directorate of Revenue Intelligence personnel, seized 2,500 bottles of Phensedyl worth of Rs 3.85 lakh, from a truck that was parked at Bypass Road and arrested the assistant of the vehicle.
Police said during the search, assistant Shabir Khan (40) of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, was found asleep inside the truck. The vehicle was loaded with potato bags with bottles of Phensedyl hidden beneath them. Police found the bottles of Phensedyl after unloading the potato bags.