Assam Police said that trucks that appear to be empty are being used to transport goods across the border. Image for representational purpose only | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena
The south Assam police in Hailakandi and Cachar arrested seven drug lords and narcotics worth ₹10 crore on November 14. The day also saw the Cachar police confiscate nuts and foreign cigarettes – both illegal goods – from hidden compartments of trucks. .
While the drugs were seized from a house, the other items came from a truck from Mizoram, the police said.
“The seven black people, all black, were gathered in four boxes measuring 2 ft and 1.5 ft. We brought them to the vets to check their health before handing them over to the forest department officials,” Police Commissioner Hailakandi district, Nabaneet Mahanta said The Hindu Tuesday.
“Wildlife officials were not able to identify the species but said they are endangered and not Indian,” he said.
Mr. Mahanta said that two persons, including the truck driver identified as Rakesh Debbarma from Tripura, were arrested along with the seized animals. “Both said they were paid to take it to another person to Shillong, where another unknown person took the consignment,” he added.
The destination of the animals, like at least 175 exotic mammals, reptiles and other birds captured in Assam since September, was in Siliguri in north West Bengal to be delivered to private zoos and amusement parks, police said.
Empty car scam
The Assam Police said that all trucks transported from Mizoram have been thoroughly checked at the border between the two countries. In recent times, the police have focused on empty vehicles that have been modified beyond the scope of the untrained eye.
The shooters put a large empty truck in boxes that have the same color pattern as the inside of the truck. “Highly illegal goods are often brought in empty trucks to deceive law enforcement agencies,” said a local police officer.
The vehicle carrying the primates managed to pass the checkpoint. But the staff of the next station in Ramnathpur caught the car.
Hours before the pirates were rescued, the Cachar police seized 54,000 tablets of Yaba, a narcotic drug, from the house of one Abdul Razzak in Chandipur village under Lakhipur police station. The man was arrested along with Nazim Uddin of Manipur’s Thoubal, who brought the tablet.
“We have been tracking the drug supply chain for a long time. We are now tracking the back and forth relationship between the two arrested men and the seized drugs,” Cachar Police Commissioner Numal Mahatta said, adding that the market value of the seized drugs was 10 crore.
On Monday, police in Cachar district of Lailapur also seized two trucks and seized a total of 3,505 kg of Burmese nuts. Two cargo drivers in secret compartments of the truck were arrested.
Another vehicle seized at the same location produced 25 cartons of foreign cigarettes, each carton containing 50 packs. One person was arrested for this.