Tinsukia: The ‘selfless and honest act’ of an Assam police home guard, Borsing Bay, led to the recovery of crystal meth or ice, a high-quality and potent stimulant drug, worth Rs 12 crore from a Guwahati-bound ‘night super’ bus at a check-gate under Dillai police station in Karbi Anglong district on Monday night.
According to Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Bay was offered a huge bribe by the accused persons in return for letting them go free. Bay, however, refused the offer.
“The lion’s share of credit for this drug haul goes to home guard Bay who will be reward by rupees one lac for his honestly,” Mahanta announced, in a bid to boost the morale of honest officers and jawans and set this as an inspiration for the entire force.
On Monday night, Mahanta tweeted: “Two women from Tamil Nadu and one man from Manipur are in our custody for this. Lion’s share of credit for this drug haul goes to HomeGuard Borsing Bay. He was offered a huge bribe amount by the accused in return for letting them go free.”
“Because of which drugs worth Rs.12 crores have been taken off the market. Sri Bay for this selfless and honest act, will be rewarded with an amount of Rs. One Lakh.
Salute to HomeGaurd Bay!
Salute to @karbianglongpol !
We are all so proud of you! https://t.co/525zav5DaY,” Mahanta’s second tweet read.
According to sources, during regular ‘naka’ checking, the drugs were recovered from a secret chamber of the night super bus (bearing registration number MN06B-0511). “The bus originated in Moreh in Manipur,” said the sources.
The drugs were meant to be headed to the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “Two women from tamil Nadu – Lashmi D and Punjabhiram – and the bus driver from Manipur, Khoiram Basanta Singha, have been apprehended in this connection,” police sources said, adding, “These are mere couriers. The biggest challenge before us is to identify their handlers, expose the persons behind this inter-state and international drug racket, and arrest them.”
The development has also indicated how Assam is being increasingly used as a transit route by the drug mafia to ferry drugs from Myanmar and other Northeast states to the rest of the country.
In the past one month, Assam Police has registered over 400 cases related to drugs and arrested more than 700 persons with illegal drugs. The recoveries includes 8.5 kg of heroine, 6,400 kg of marijuana, around 3 kg of brown sugar, besides banned tablets and a huge amount of cash, raising alarm bells, and calling for a more dedicated plan by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to look into the drugs cartel active in the region.