Agartala, Jan 2: After Tripura police and BSF, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has landed into operation against drug smuggling in Tripura and other neghibouring states following direction of union home ministry, which yielded result in the first drive.
According to report, DRI personnel based on their intelligence report have arrested as many as 13 persons on Wednesday involved in drug smuggling in Tripura from three separate raids and seized contraband items worth of Rs 30 lakh and cash of Rs 68,000. In two raids at Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district cash of Rs 68,000, 23 brown sugar-filled vials, 121 empty vials and six mobile phones were seized and arrested six persons identified as Mintu Banik, (35), Arup Das (31), Jhutan Das (28), Rakesh Das (32), Narayan Das (20) and Sanjay Sutradhar (18).
In another raid six more persons were arrested for smuggling 35kg cannabis valued at Rs 5 lakh from Ranir Bazar area of Agartala by DRI. In separate raid BSF personnel in South Tripura district has seized 4,000 Yaba tablets worth of Rs 20 lakh, wrapped in a polythene packet. The smugglers, however, fled the spot towards the India side 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. While unloading the potato bags, the bottles of Phensedyl were found. (UNI)