IMPHAL, June 13: The Narcotic Cell of the Imphal West district police today arrested a drug peddler this early morning from Wangoi Oinam Muslim Leikai located near Imphal barrage.
According to the Officer-in-charge of the cell, W Ibomcha, the Narcotic cell has been after the arrested peddler since June 8.
A press conference was conveyed this afternoon in connection to the arrest at the office of the Narcotic Cell of the Imphal West Police, wherein the arrested drug peddler and illicit Spasmo Proxivon locally known as SP tablets worth around Rs 2 Lakhs seized on June 8 were paraded before mediapersons.
Speaking at the conference, W. Ibomcha stated that on receiving some specific information about the presence of a drug peddler identified as Md. Sahid-Ur-Rehman, 30, s/o Md. Tomba of Hatta Golapatti Maning Leikai, the cell had started an operation on June 8 to nabbed the drug peddler.
However he added that the drug peddler managed to escape from the cell, even though Spasmo Proxyvon tablets worth around Rs.2 lakhs were seized during the operation of June 8.
During the raid around 15,120 SP tablets, worth over Rs. 2 Lakh were seized by the narcotic team from the residence of the accused peddler.
He further maintained that after several attempts the narcotic team’s effort paid off this morning when it arrested the accused drug peddler from a private residence at Wangoi Oinam Muslim Leikai located near Imphal barrage. The residence belongs to the brother in law of the peddler, added the OC.
A vehicle, Mahindra Turbo with registration No. MN06SA-3311, believed to be used in the drugs peddling business has been taken into custody by the police concerned.
Meanwhile, the peddler Sahid-Ur-Rehman, on asked about his drug peddling business stated that, he himself used to buy the tablets from outside the state, especially from the National capital.
He used to bring in the tablets upto Guwahati by train and further bring in the illicit tablets by bus into the state.
He further maintained that even though there are many checking post along the way from Guwahati to Imphal, no checking post has been able to nab his goods along the route.
He further maintained that once the tablets reached Imphal, he alongwith another friend and a neighbour whom he identified as only Ithem distribute it in the state.
The OC also informed the mediapersons that the arrested drug peddler will be handed over to the concerned Porompat PS for taking up necessary actions as per the law of the land
Meanwhile, the 28 AR, Lilong post alongwith the local police zila parishad and local NGO Anjuman Islah e Muaashrah and local populace organized a mass anti drug programme at the Lilong Bazaar this evening.
According to a release of the AR, a large qty of drugs comprising of 4885 strips of sp tablets, 418 strips of n 10, 69 bottles of phensydryl, 92 bottles of recodex, 61 bottles of lupi cough, 36 strips of actified, 29 boxes of cold go and 2 gms of heroin (no 4) were seized and further set ablaze.