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A drug bust case in Guwahati takes a new turn after the alleged involvement of two police home guards have surfaced on Wednesday. The two home guards have been identified as Babul Das and Hemanta Barman of Garchuk police station in Guwahati.

Earlier on Wednesday, a team of Assam police seized 50,000 Yaba tablets worth Rs 1.5 Cr from ISBT in the Garchuk area of Guwahati.

A person identified as Mohammed Samsuddin has been arrested in connection with the seizure. The home guards have allegedly helped Samsuddin in smuggling the drugs to Guwahati.

“An operation was carried out based on information received by us. We seized around 50,000 Yaba tablets while they were being transported. We have also arrested one person in connection with the case. We are carrying out further investigation.” DCP (West) Guwahati, Nabaneet Mahanta said.

The DCP, however, refused to comment on the alleged involvement of the home guards. “The team that carries out such an operation consists of home guards, constables and other officers and this operation was carried out by a similar team and the mentioned drugs were seized. We cannot share all the information about the operation,” he added.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Admn./S&I Traffic) Guwahati Partha Sarathi Mahanta also refutes the allegation that surfaced against the home guards and said that the misunderstanding arose because police had employed a different strategy in this operation.

“They (drug dealers) are changing the modus operandi of smuggling drugs to Guwahati. Now they are trying out new modes and techniques. So, accordingly, we also have to change our strategies. Today’s operation was executed in a different way,” Mahanta said.

The seized tablets were brought from Manipur, Mahanta further informed.

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