On Sunday, police in Assam’s Karimganj district seized a large quantity of cough syrup worth Rs 2 crore from a truck, according to a senior police officer.
Cough syrup came along with pears
According to Karimganj Border DSP Pratap Das, the cough syrup bottles were packed in 250 cartons in the Agartala-bound vehicle that was filled with pears. The driver has been taken into police custody.
Truck stopped by police
The truck was stopped by authorities in the Churaibari locality. The driver, identified as Bablu Pandey of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas, has been arrested, according to the Churaibari Police Station officer-in-charge Mintu Seal, according to the reports of PTI.
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Drive against drugs in Assam
Though the drug war has always been a part of routine police operations, the campaign has grown rapidly from the month when the new administration of Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also serves as the chief minister and holds the home portfolio, assumed office.
Between May 10, when the new government took office, and June 4, police in Assam registered 342 drug-related charges and arrested 596 people. During this time, almost 10 kilograms of heroin, nearly 6,000 kilograms of marijuana, over 200,000 illegitimate tablets, and around Rs. 20 lakh in cash were seized.
“We will continue our operations against drugs continuously. Many families have been destroyed because of it, so we are taking this action as our responsibility. I am of the firm belief if our police act actively, Assam would be able to get rid of this menace,” Sarma said.