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Stepping up its drive against smuggling of contraband items through Railways, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of N.F. Railway has successfully detected 210 cases during the year 2018 alongwith recovery of various types of contraband goods.

Contraband materials recovered includes Ganja, Opium, Brown Sugar, Tablets/capsules, Phensidyle, Wine/Liquor, Foreign made Cigarette, Agarwood, Tobacco, Betel Nuts, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cough Syrup, Foreign Cloths etc. These items were seized during checking at different stations and trains in N.F. Railway. The approximate value of seized contraband items is around Rs. 5, 82, 21,167/-.Besides, 43 persons were also arrested for their alleged involvement in shipping of contraband items during the year and handed over to GRP for further action as per law.

The recovered items include Foreign made Cigarette worth Rs. 3, 24, 75,562/-, Ganja worth Rs. 1, 26, 96,550/-, Foreign Cloths worth Rs. 12, 00,000/- etc.

It may be mentioned here that during the month of January, 2019 (upto 27.01.2019) RPF was able to recover contraband items worth Rs. 87, 90,314/-.

In o­ne such recent incident, o­n 23.01.2019, Asst. Sub Inspector / L. Debbarma along with Head Constable / P. Roy, Head Constable / S. Debnath, Constable / Bijit Sinha, Constable /A. Choudhury, Constable / S. L. Jamatia of Dharmanagar RPF Post, under supervision of Sri A.K. Singh, ASC / RPF / Agartala, while checking in train No. 55680 Dharmanagar - Agartala Passenger, detected 201 bottles “ESKUF Cough Syrup”of 100 ml each. Further, raid and search was conducted jointly with Local Police of Dharmanagar at Hotel Continental near Dharmangar railway station. The joint search lead to recovery of 335 bottles “ESKUF Cough Syrup” of 100 ml each (Total 536 bottles) with arrest of five persons namely, (i) Mahabul Hussain, 35 yrs, s/o late Nayab Ali, (ii) Rubel Hussain, 29 yrs, s/o Jainal Hussain, (iii) Alamgir Hussain, 23 yrs, s/o late Shoddu Mia, all are from vill: Nagar, PS: Kalamchaura, Dist. Sepahijala, Tripura, (iv) Altaf Hussain, 42 yrs, s/o Madmad Ali and (v) Nazimuddin Laskar, 47 yrs, s/o late Hasir Ali Laskar, both are of vill: North Krishnapur Part-I, PS: Meherpur, Dist. Cachar, Assam. Value of the recovered articles is Rs. 56,280/- approx. The arrested persons along with the recovered articles were handed over to OC/GRP/Dharmanagar who registered a case vide No. 2019/DGR/003 dated 24.01.2019 u/s 21/22 (B)/29 NDPS Act.

In another such case, o­n 13.01.2019, Head Constable / P. Bhowmick and Constable / O.S. Singh along with Dog ‘Tyson’ , while checking in train No. 55664 Silchar – Agartala passenger found suspected Ganja weighing about 5 kgs (worth Rs. 30,000/- in o­ne bag and about 25 kgs Agarwood in another bag. Value of the recovered Agarwood is Rs. 2, 50,000/- approx.Total value of recovered articles is Rs. 2, 80,000/-approx. The recovered Ganja was handed over to OC / GRP / Badarpur and the Agarwood to Forest beat Officer, Badarpurghat for taking appropriate action under relevant laws.

(Pranav Jyoti Sharma)

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