Agartala: In order to dodge the security system and deliver contraband to the streets of Northeast India, smugglers have now taken to a unique mode of transport — oil tankers. Two such cases have come to light in Tripura over the past one week; in all, the state police recovered around 3,439 kg of ganja worth over Rs 3.5 crore from two such vehicles in two separate raids.
On September 7, following a tip-off, policemen from Dharmanagar and Bagbasha in North Tripura signaled an oil tanker (AS-01-4768) that was coming from Agartala side to stop. The driver ignored the signal and attempted to flee at a high speed. The police, however, chased down the tanker and managed to stop the vehicle somewhere between Bagbasha and Shanichhara.
Although the driver of the vehicle managed to escape, the police seized the vehicle. “Around 2,080 kg of dry ganja worth Rs 2 crore was seized. Ganja traders are adopting new and even unique techniques to evade police raids. The Tripura police, however, is well-equipped to handle the situation,” said officer-in-charge Benu Madhab Dey.
Meanwhile, in another case, the Dharmanagar police seized around 1,359 kg of ganja from an oil tanker in Haflong area and arrested three persons. The contraband was wrapped in 99 packets and hidden inside a 12-wheel oil tanker (NL-01AA 3453). The estimated value of the seized ganja has been said to Rs 1.5 crore. Those arrested have been identified as Deep Singh (33) of Guwahati, Pragyanjit Sinha (32) of Meghalaya and Debashish Pal of Dharmanagar.