Dharmanagar: Two persons were apprehended with a huge haul of Yaba tablets worth over Rs 22 lakh from the Baragol area, a village close to the Bangladesh border, in North Tripura district following a joint operation of the intelligence branch and Kadamtala police station.

The arrested persons were identified as Faruk Ahmed Chowdhury (18) and Bishal Shabdakar (19), both residents under the Kadamtala police station.

North Tripura SP Bhanupada Chakraborty said they received information that two youths would smuggle a huge quantity of Yaba tablets to Bangladesh through the road at Baragol Maheshpur.

Based on the information, the intelligence branch of North Tripura district police and the Kadamtala Police station conducted a raid in the Baragol area of Maheshpur road.

When the police asked the two youths to stop, they tried to flee. However, police arrested them and recovered 22 packets of Yaba tablets from their procession.

A total of 4,400 Yaba tablets in 22 packets were recovered

The two accused — Faruk Ahmed Chowdhury, a resident of ward number 2 of South Kadamtala Gram Panchayat and Bishal Shabdkar from Saraspur gram panchayat’s ward number 4 — are currently in police custody.

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“The market value of the recovered Yaba tablets is around Rs 22 lakh. Police also arrested two international traffickers,” Sarkar said, adding that the Yaba tablets were being smuggled to Bangladesh through Maheshpur.

The Kadamtala police station has started an investigation by filing a case under NDPS. The police of Kadamtala police station are continuing the interrogation of the two arrested international traffickers. The detainees will be produced before the Dharmanagar district court on Tuesday,” said Kadamtala Police Station officer-in-charge Krishnadhan Sarkar.

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