Aizawl: In separate incidents, at least 16 people, majority of them women, were nabbed for allegedly illegally selling fuel without valid permit and possessing heroin, a police statement said on Wednesday.
The statement said that a special drive was conducted by the state police from July 4, on the direction of Aizawl district deputy commissioner, in various localities of Aizawl to curb, seize and arrest people involved in selling petrol and diesel in black market.
During the drive, 272 litres of petrol were seized and at least 14 people, including 12 women, were arrested in connection with the seizure till date, the statement added.
The accused were booked under Section 188 of the IPC.
The state police also arrested two persons for possessing 18 gm of heroin during random checking near Mualkawi village in Champhai district on Tuesday, police said. The accused have been identified as Khawlneihmawii (44) a resident of Chhimluang in Kolasib district and Liansianga (70) of Champhai’s Dinthar veng.
While 137 gm of heroin was seized from the possession of Khawlneihmawii, whose husband is currently incarcerated in a jail for peddling drugs, 117 gm was seized from Liansianga, they added.
The contraband worth Rs 9 lakh was concealed in soap cases in the local market.
The accused were booked under relevant section of Narcotics Drugs & Psychotropics Substance (ND&PS) Act, 1985. They were sent to Champhai district jail after being produced before the magistrate on Wednesday, according to police.
The state police in a separate statement said that intensive operation was launched in Champhai district since June. So far, various drugs worth Rs 6.99 crore and heroin worth Rs 17 lakh have been seized in the operation.
Those seized include 480 cans beer, 520 litres of BEDC, two bags of yeast, 20 litre of locally brewed liquor, 442 kg of Metamphetamine and 446 gram of heroin, the statement said.
At least 24 criminal cases were registered at Champhai police station during June. Of these 9 were registered under ND&PS Act, one under arm act, two under POCSO Act, four drug related cases, three burglary, two jail escape and one human trafficking case, among others.
The state police have been launching massive combat against drugs, police statement said.