Police arrested three persons on the charge of transporting cannabis at Siliguri. The accused truck driver and his two aides were arrested for carrying 10,000 kg of cannabis at Fulbari Toll gate on Saturday night.
Cops from New Jalpaiguri Police station and SSB 41st battalion started the investigation. “We stopped a speeding truck at the toll plaza, which was hurrying to get past the toll gate. Our officer doubted the attitude of the truck driver and he was asked to come down from his vehicle. But the driver tried to speed off from there. Our officer then overpowered him,” said a police officer.
“When we searched his truck, we found a big sack where small black packets were kept. Small pouches were also found there,” the officer said, adding that the value of the entire consignment was around Rs 6.5 crore.
“We found 98 packets in that sack. The driver and his aides were trying to deliver the entire consignment to a certain place at Manipur. The consignment was coming from a certain place of Bihar. We’ll not divulge the names of those places for the sake of investigation,” an investigating officer said.
However, the investigators believe that transporting cannabis and other forbidden drug substances via this route has become a regular affair. Acting on a tip-off, Siliguri police seized huge consignment of banned cough syrup recently. Around 2,000 bottles were seized from two persons who were trying to smuggle the whole consignment to Bangladesh and North-east India.
The accused tried their best to sneak past a part of the consignment to Bangladesh, and another part to Agartala. But their efforts went in vain when the whole consignment was captured by the Siliguri police. Nagendra Roy and Arun Singh, two Siliguri residents were arrested from Pradhannagar.
The accused Nagendra Roy and Arun Singh were arrested. They were produced before the court and remanded to police custody. Police have seized 2,000 bottles, each of which contains 200 ml of syrup,” an investigation revealed.
Further investigation also reveals the consignment was sent from Kolkata to Siliguri by train. Police have conveyed the matter to rail authority. The smugglers generally send these consignments as parcel. The rail staff bypass those parcels to vans. The vans carry these parcels outside the station.
It will be recalled that the Narcotics Control Bureau on Tuesday seized 6,600 bottles of phensedyl cough syrup from the Kolkata’s Jorabagan area. Two persons were arrested in this connection. The seizure in Siliguri is the next big capture after the Jorabagan incident.