15 packets, each containing 10, 000 yaba tablets, were recovered from a vehicle in Tripura’s Sepahijala district Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: In yet another successful operation, the Border Security Force (BSF) seized 1.5 lakh yaba tablets worth Rs 7.5 crore from Gokulnagar area under Bishalgarh subdivision in Tripura’s Sephaijala district, around 20 km from state capital Agartala, on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference, BSF deputy inspector general (DIG) Rakesh Ranjan Lal said that the BSF intelligence branch received specific information regarding a huge consignment of yaba tablets coming from Assam to Sonamura border in a civil vehicle.

“The information was further developed and shared with the subdivisional police officer (SDPO) Bishalgarh for placing joint pickets and ‘nakas’ on road. A special joint operation was planned by BSF troops of the Gokulnagar sector of Bishalgarh along with SDPO Bishalgarh and placed the joint naka at different places with the help of the OCs of Bishalgarh, Amtali and Madhupur police stations. Around 12 noon, the party detained a Maruti Eeco van moving towards Bishalgarh from Agartala,” he said.

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He also said that during thorough search of the said vehicle they noticed a small rectangular hole in the backside of the CNG gas cylinder. On checking, the CNG gas cylinder contained 15 packets of yaba tablets with 10, 000 of yaba tablets in each of them. A total 1.5 lakh tablets were recovered with a market value of Rs 7.5 crore.

“The driver managed to flee from the spot but we have apprehended the co-driver of the vehicle, identified as Jahid Hossain (27), and handed him over to the police for further investigation,” Lal added.

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