Tinsukia: The police busted a drug racket and arrested 10 youths, all aged between 19 to 28 years, allegedly for peddling and consuming drugs from an open area at Jagun in Naharkatia in Assam’s Dibrugarh district on Wednesday.
Two of the 10 accused — Nitul alias Gutlu Das (24), the main dealer in Naharkatia, and Hirakjyoti Khakhlary alias Bilai (26) — were into the business of peddling drugs. The drug addicts have been identified as Panna Dey (28), Asif Ali (21), Sanju Baidya (20), Chintu Gogoi alais Dhunti (19), Papu Saha (24), Raju Debnath (27), Bibhan Tirwal (21) and Samiran Bora (26).
Speaking with EastMojo, Dibrugarh SP Sreejith T said, “Police have recovered 6.5 gm of suspected heroin, four two-wheelers, a car (with Arunachal Pradesh registration), a bicycle and eight mobile handsets.”
“The racket involved two drug peddlers and eight addicts,” he added.
“Based on a specific source based input, the police were keeping an eye on the drug supplier and unearthed a racket comprising of drug peddlers and addicts,” officer-in-charge of Naharkatia police station Bhaskar Saikia told EastMojo.
He added, “As the deal took place our team nabbed Nitul — the main supplier. He led us to nine other youths and we recovered around 6.5 gm of suspected heroin from their possession.”
EastMojo has learnt from sources that Nitul revealed that he used to procure drugs from a Sonari-based drug supplier, whom he did not know personally or even by name. “This supplier used to send his person to Naharkatia to collect requirement and advance. A couple of days later I used to go to Charaideo district and collect drugs, packet in a plastic tobacco container, from an area near a sports complex,” the source said.
He revealed that so far he has done over six drug dealings. “In the latest case, I bought drugs in six plastic tobacco containers, each costing me around Rs 10,000. I used to make around 220 packets from these six containers and sell each of them at Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,000, fetching me over Rs 2 lakh,” added the source.
Speaking with EastMojo, former principal of Tinsukia college Rana Changmai, who has been an activist in the field of drug abuse and de-addiction said, “The increasing trend of use of drugs among youths, particularly between 18 to 30 years, is becoming a serious cause of worry for the society as a whole.”
More steps need to be taken to address this issue and stop this social menace, he added.