Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Mnp JD-U politician held for inter-state drug syndicate


A candidate of the recently concluded elections to the Manipur Assembly and an Assamese were among three members of an inter-state drug syndicate arrested by police in Manipur.
The three alleged drug peddlers were arrested along with 9.614 kgs of WY tablets, worth around Rs 4.4 crore in the international market, the police said on Tuesday.
The arrested drug peddlers were identified as Longjam Ratan Singh (30) of Nongdam Awang Leikai of Imphal East district, Kangabam Jadu Singh (52) of Charangpat Awang Leikai presently residing at Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak in Imphal East district, and Majnu Miah (37) of Jordanga Part II of Assam’s Dhubri.
Kangabam Jadu Singh had contested the recently concluded general elections to the state Assembly as an official nominee of Janata Dal-U.
Addressing a press conference, Imphal West SP Ksh Shivakanta claimed that the trio were the members of an inter-state drug syndicate and Kangabam Jadu Singh was the owner of the seized drug consignment.
They were trying to carry the drug to Dimapur for onward smuggling to other states, he claimed.
Acting on specific information, a team of police commandos led by inspector P Achouba Meetei arrested the trio in an operation on Monday evening during frisking and checking at Meitei Lamkhai area along Imphal-Moreh section of NH-102 under Singjamei police station last evening.
They stopped a car (i20 brand) on suspicion, and during thorough checking, 88,000 pieces of WY tablets, weighing around 9.1614 kg, wrapped in brown adhesive tapes were found concealed in a chamber of the vehicle.
On spot verification, the driver (Ratan) revealed that the narcotic items belonged to Jadu while disclosing that he along with one of his associates had moved in advance along NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur) road.
The police commando team immediately chased and intercepted Jadu and Majnu who were traveling a Tata Hexa brand car near Sappermaina police station of Kangpokpi district.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused persons are part of an inter-state drug syndicate, the SP said.
The police further confiscated a cash amount of Rs 1,42,430, six mobile phones, and other items from their possessions, he added. The arrested persons along with the seizures have been handed over to Singjamei police station where a case was lodged, the SP informed.