Kohima: Two members of the Nagaland Police were held by the Assam Police at Merapani in an alleged drugs smuggling case. Despite the state government’s order of continuing with the border sealing, the two policemen, who were posted along Nagaland-Assam border, were caught “red handed” by the Assam Police and the CRPF on Sunday. A total of 200 Spasmo Proxyvon (Simplex ) capsules were also seized from their possession.
As reported earlier, Wokha district faces a big challenge over illegal drug-peddling activities along the state’s border with Assam as drug users frequently cross the porous inter-state borders posing a possible threat as carriers of the deadly virus. Although the Assam government has opened its borders with all Northeastern state from Sunday, except Sikkim, the government of Nagaland announced that all existing guidelines, including border sealing will continue till further orders.
A top official from the Nagaland Police told EastMojo that the two policemen were identified as Rollen Lotha, 39, of Bhandari village and Mhonde Lotha, 40, of Wokha town. The drug peddler was identified as Md Karim Ali, 52, of Merapani forest block. All three are reportedly in the custody of Merapani Police Station, after they were arrested at 1:30 pm on Sunday.
A total of 200 Spasmo Proxyvon (Simplex) capsules were seized from their possession. The police official said that “necessary seizure procedure as per NDPS act has been ensured”. No case has been registered on any side till the filing of this report.
Another police source confirmed that the two policemen, both of whom belong to the 7 NAP, were posted at Yimpang police outpost along the Nagaland-Assam border. The police officer said that the two policemen had gone to Assam to procure drugs and were not involved in trading of drugs.
Saying that this is the first time that policemen were held in Assam over drug smuggling, the officer said that illegal drug peddling activities along the inter-state border is a concern due to its porous borders. The officer added that the policemen may have crossed border to look for drugs as a “substitution” for alcohol.
Meanwhile, a security person from the CRPF said that the arrested persons were caught “red handed” after it received reports of drug smuggling activities along the border. The officer said that the policemen may be handed over to the Nagaland Police after further investigation by the Assam Police at Merapani police station.