Arunachal: 22 drug peddlers arrested in past weeks under Mission Drug-Free state

The arrested peddlers include various police and IRBN personnel, a government school teacher and three women

The Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) has arrested over 22 drug peddlers and recovered contraband items from all around the state in the past few weeks under the ‘Mission Drug-Free Arunachal.'

Superintendent of Police Hemant Tiwari on Wednesday said the state police has so far managed to recover around 262.85 gms of heroin, 1.104 kgs of opium and over 85 gms of brown sugar and several drug peddlers connected to the case were arrested.

The arrested peddlers include various police and IRBN personnel, a government school teacher and three women.

Giving an overview of the case, the APP official informed that at least three cases were registered in Tirap district on May 4. 

According to sources, accused Raatwang Aboh and Chow Anil Singkai were arrested with 29.24 grams of suspected brown sugar, while another Sanjit Singh was arrested with 9.26 gms of suspected brown sugar. In another case, accused Likrum Kamnok and Nyalam Hopa were arrested, and 604 grams of suspected opium, smeared in cloth, was seized.

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On May 4, the Tezu police recovered 400 grams of opium smeared in cloth and Rs 4000 in cash.

The Miao Police of the district also arrested two drug peddlers identified as Bownong Singpho and Yesho Yobin and recovered around 4.73 grams of brown sugar on May 3.

Ujen Tshechuk, an IRBN jawan posted at Diyun in Changlang district, was arrested by the police on April 30 with approximately 26.22 grams of heroin in his possession. Additionally, the Kanubari police arrested Langkai Boham, recovering 3.5 grams of brown sugar on April 29.

Besides, multiple drug peddling cases have been registered under the various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and IPC.

Superintendent of Police Hemant Tiwari stated that the state police, as per the directions of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, is making concerted efforts to arrest the peddlers and recover contrabands from all across the state.

Khandu had recently announced that his government intends to make Arunachal a drug-free state by 2022.

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