In a major breakthrough, the Howrah City Police arrested three members of an inter-state ganja smuggling racket when they were heading towards the city on Kona expressway.
Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising police officers and civic volunteers were waiting on the Expressway.
They found a red Hyundai car approaching at a high speed. The driver of the car didn’t stop the vehicle despite being asked by the police.
But the driver couldn’t control the speeding car finding some security barricades placed on the road to check the vehicles passing through the area and collided against a road divider.
The miscreants had threatened the police of open firing if they approached and tried to flee after coming out of the car.
The policemen chased them and arrested all three of them. Police found 176.2 kg of ganja in the car.
Considering it to be a major breakthrough, a police officer claimed that it would help them arrest other members of the racket.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the consignment was coming from Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border. The accused had taken shelter at Chakdah in Nadia for some days as the receiver in the city was not ready with the money.
They had started moving towards the city as soon as they were asked to deliver it to their counterpart in Kolkata.
Police suspect that the same gang supplies ganja in many other parts in the country and they also have connection with the poppy cultivators in the Malda and Murshidabad area.
While returning after supplying the ganja to their counterparts in the city, they usually visit the places where there is huge cultivation of poppy.
Thus, the police feel that members of the entire racket would get arrested following the trio’s interrogation.