In a joint operation of Assam Rifles and Special Narcotics police station, two women were arrested after heroin weighing about 306 grams, worth about Rs 1.53 crore, was found in their possession in the Vengthlang neighbourhood of Mizoram’s capital Aizawl. The joint operation was conducted after the authorities received a tip about the same.
The Mizoram police announced this seizure on May 30 through a tweet, “#Narcotics seized. #DemandReduction is as essential as #SupplyDisruption in #WarOnDrugs. Yesterday late afternoon, #SpecialNarcoticsPS and #2ndAssamRifles conducted joint operation and seized 306 grams (22 soap cases) of heroin, valued ₹153 lakhs in international market”.
The police stated that the heroin was concealed in 22 soap cases. The women are aged about 28 and 26 years old. The police tweeted the name of the accused, “… Lalhmangaihsangi (28) of Hnahlan, Ramthar Veng (P/A – Kulikawn, Aizawl) and Kawlsiansiami (26) of Hnahlan Dam Veng, Champhai District at Republic Vengthlang, Aizawl”.
The two suspects and the seized contraband were delivered to the Special Narcotic Police Station CID (Crime) on the same day for additional legal proceedings. The Special Narcotics police station has registered a case against the accused under sections 21(c), 29(1) and 25 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act).
North-East has witnessed many drug seizures in its war on drugs. Recently on May 23, in collaboration with other agencies, Assam Rifles confiscated one lakh extremely addictive ‘Yaba’ tablets worth Rs 33.33 crore and detained a drug dealer, as per the officials involved in this seizure. The paramilitary troopers, assisted by officers from the special narcotics police station and the Mizoram Police CID (Crime), acted on a tip to seize the drugs at the Chhunga bus terminal in the Aizawl district and captured the drug peddler.
On May 22, the Mizoram police conducted a successful drug seizure of around Rs 12 crore. On the basis of specific information provided by a sister agency, the police took action. At Tawngtaimual in Zemabawk, a team from the CID SB of Mizoram police stopped a truck with the licence plate MZ-01X-2184 and retrieved and seized 200 soap packs of heroin, totalling 2.461 kg.
To curb the drug menace, the Modi government has stepped up in the war on drugs and has broken the spine of narco-terrorism and insurgency. In Assam alone, Rs 407 crore of drugs have been seized in 2022.
On April 19, during the inaugural event of the first National Conference of Anti-Narcotics Task Force, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, announced that India would be drug-free by 2047. He emphasised ‘Team India’ and the ‘whole of Government approach’ will help India escape the menace of drugs.