Huge cannabis haul seized by BSF, SDM
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
In its efforts to eliminate drug trafficking, a joint team of BSF and SDM Sonamura recovered huge quantity of cannabis in two separate raids in Melaghar and Boxanagar area this morning. Acting on a specific information, the joint team- troopers of BSF 29 battalion and SDM (Sonamura) Subhasish Das accompanied by SDPO Sonamura cordoned several houses at Indiranagar and Adarshnagar and recovered 1200 kg cannabis worth Rs 60,00,000.
“Once the ganja had dried, they packed it in bags and put them beneath various wooden furniture”, a BSF official said. The owners were supposed to hand over the consignment to Bangladeshi smugglers”, the official added. A specific case has been registered with local Police Station. This is the largest busts in the past six months.
However, no arrest could be made in this connection so far. “There was no claimant of the seized cannabis. It will be incinerated soon”, said the SDM tonight. Capitalizing on the 7.67 km of unfenced patches of the 80 km long international border that Sonamura shares with Bangladesh, some unscrupulous businessmen have assiduously built up over the years a thriving smuggling racket of contraband articles which fetch them crores of rupees in returns. Unfortunately, loads of the unaccounted easy money that smuggling brings in has also drawn a large section of the local populace, particularly the youth, into the vicious cycle of drug-additions and crimes. Incidentally, due to religious reasons, demands for intoxicating substances like Codein Phosphate Syrups and Ganja are much higher in Bangladesh than for wine or liquor.
“Repeated raids will be continued”, Das told reporters. He felt that if the entire borderline is fenced, smuggling activities will effectively be tamed. Notably, state shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh and some parts of the border remain unfenced.