AR rifleman held with drug worth Rs 11.50 cr in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 7 | Publish Date: 2/7/2020 10:19:01 AM IST

Police commandos in Manipur’s Thoubal district have arrested a personnel of Assam Rifles with a huge quantity of WY (World is Yours) tablet valued over Rs 11.50 crore in the international market.

A police source said that a total of 2,30,000 pieces of WY tablets in 23 packets was seized from the car the Assam Rifles personnel travelled in.  The value of the seized drug was estimated at around Rs 11.50 crore in the international market. The source did not give the exact value of the seized contraband drug.

However, according to a source in the Narcotic Affairs of Border (NAB), the current value of a piece of WY tablet is Rs 500 in the international market and Rs 50 per piece in the local market. The Assam Rifles personnel arrested along with the contraband drug was identified as Yengkhom Bikram Singh (35) son of Y Chandramohon @ Mohon Singh of Moirangthem Leikai in Kakching district. The police commandos who were on random vehicle checking duty along the Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 detected the contraband drug in a Maruti Swift Dzire car (MN 01AG 2307), he came with. 

The arrested is person reportedly belong to 6 Assam Rifles. He was detained by a team of police commandos attached with Thoubal district police after an airbag containing 2,30,000 pieces of WY tablets packed in 23 packets was recovered from the car he was driving at Wangjing Bazar around 8.30 pm on Thursday.

He has been handed over to the Thoubal police station along with the seized items after lodging a case, the police source said.

There have been instances of security personnel and police personnel arrested with contraband drugs allegedly smuggled from Myanmar through Moreh, Manipur’s town at the border with Myanmar where official cross border trade is carried out between the two neighbouring countries. On the other hand, the seizure of the huge quantity of illegal drug from a security personnel, that too from the Assam Rifles was at a time when Manipur government was pressing the Union home ministry for replacement of Assam Rifles from manning the check posts on the national highways in Manipur.

On January 19 last, a personnel of the 12 Assam Rifles on duty at Khudengthabi Check Post man by the paramilitary force allegedly assaulted physically and molested a lady IPS officer at the check post. Though the Assam Rifles refuted the allegation, following the incident, N Biren Singh-led BJP’s coalition government had taken a cabinet decision to take over the task of manning the check posts on the national highways in Manipur by the state police.


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