Assam Police ups ante against drug peddlers; 223 arrests made in 5 days

On May 30, 2021, as many as 35 arrests were made across the state against 20 registered cases.

Assam Police have over the past week upped the ante against the menace of drugs as part of an intensified campaign for a substance-free Assam.

According to official figures, the state police have, from May 25 to May 29, 2021, made at least 223 arrests against 120 cases registered at various police stations.

The seizure list of the five-day period includes 2439 grams heroin, 91kg ganja, 17,551 bottles of cough syrup, 1,57,061 methamphetamine tablets, 14.16 grams of morphine and Rs 10.5 lakh in cash.

Lauding the stern stance of the state police force against drug peddling, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Monday, stating, “Good work by Assam Police to address menace of narcotics continues.”

On May 30, 2021, as many as 35 arrests were made across the state against 20 registered cases. The seizure list comprised 469.7 grams of heroin; 574.31 kg ganja; 1499 tablets and Rs 20,700 cash.

An Assam Police also launched a crackdown and arrested a hardcore dacoit and drug peddler, Jaitul Kabir from Nagaon’s Juria on Sunday night. 

Kabir is currently undergoing medical supervision after he was shot in the leg in retaliatory firing by police, reports said.

Meanwhile, the state government on May 29 issued the Preventive Detention Order regarding six high-profile drug traffickers.

The order was issued under the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. With this, 15 repeat offenders, veterans of drug trafficking, are in such detention, official sources informed on Monday evening.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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