Three persons have been arrested in this connection Credit: Representational image

Agartala: Security personnel deployed at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala recovered 173 kg dry cannabis during a routine security check on Thursday. The contraband, which was supposed to be transported through an Air India flight, was being taken in 17 boxes, usually meant to carry fish, when it was detected by the security personnel.

Three persons have been arrested in this connection.

One of those arrested is Amitabha Datta (34), manager of a private courier agency. On the basis of his confession, two suspected drug peddlers, Dibshendu Chowdhury (38) and Parimal Datta (48), were later apprehended.

The cannabis was being transported by a private courier agency named Baba Lokneth Courier Agency in 17 boxes.

An FIR has been lodged at the Airport Police Station under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS Act), 1985.

All the accused were produced in the court on Friday.

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