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Kolkata Police nabs gang of drug dealers from heart of the city Last week, our Narcotic Cell received a special tip off from sources about a gang of drug dealers.
Accordingly, a special team from the cell laid a trap and arrested Muhibur Rahman from Beniapukur. Muhibur is a resident of Assam and is a well-known drug dealer. He had come to Kolkata to pass on a cache of drugs and was staying in a hotel in Tiljala. We recovered around 1000 Yaba tablets, known as Methamphetamine and very popular among drug users in the party circuit. He bought these tablets in Manipur and was about to sell them in Kolkata at a whooping price of 1.5 lakh. We realized Muhibur is not alone and there was a gang operating. After interrogating him, on 6th November, around 2.30pm, our team raided a Dumdum house and arrested the rest of the gang therefrom including Anirban Dey, Shyamlal Yadav, Sahin Mondal and Bishnu Pradhan. All of them are notorious drug peddlers. We have recovered around 591 grams of Methamphetamine from them, whose market price is around 9 lakh.
The accused have been remanded to police custody and the net worth of drugs recovered amounts to 10.5 lakh.
According to information gathered through tips, still there are big main suppliers of this dangerous drug related to this case and smuggle Narcotics substances all over Bengal and Bangladesh who are basically located at border areas of Basirhat ( Swarup Nagar Thana, Bithari) and that makes their work easier for smuggling as because they easily cross illegally indo- Bangladesh border.
Amit Kumar Mishra
Kolkata: A person was arrested from West Bengal's Murshidabad district today for trying to smuggle a rare species of takshak snake (gecko) worth Rs. 9 crore, the police said.
"A man named Isha Seikh was arrested near Murshidabad district's Farakka area with a rare species of takshak on Friday morning during checking. The snake is of a rare species and costs around Rs 9 crore in the illegal market," an officer from Farakka police station said.
The police said Shiekh caught the creature from a forest in Malda district's Kaliachawk and was supposed to deliver it to two smugglers from Jharkhand. "The snake has been handed over to the local forest department. It is in stable condition," the officer said.
The accused has been arrested and produced to Jangipur sub-divisional court. He would be interrogated about his association with wild animal smuggling rackets, he added.
Cattle smuggling to Bangladesh has gone down sharply due to a number measures put in place by the state, the centre and the security agencies, Border Security Force (BSF) officials told Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a meeting on Sunday. “
While 39,558 cattle were seized during 2016 and 16,593 during 2017, the numbers dropped to 1,051 cattle caught up to July this year, showing that illegal trading was on the decline,” the BSF told Sonowal, according to a statement from the CM’s office.
An unofficial home ministry estimate a couple of years ago had claimed that roughly two million cattle were being pushed into Bangladesh every year by smugglers to meet the high demand for beef in the neighbouring country. BSF officials say these rustlers use all kinds of methods to trick the border patrols — one was to tie the cattle to banana trunk rafts, cover them with a blanket of weed and make them swim across the Brahmaputra and other rivers; the most common being to herd them across the border. W
hile West Bengal and Assam are said to be the main transit points, some cattle smuggling takes place through Meghalaya and Tripura as well. “The most affected areas of cattle smuggling are Nadia, Murshidabad, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur, Raiganj, Siliguri in West Bengal and Dhubri in Assam,” said a Parliamentary Committee report on Border Security: Capacity Building and Institutions, tabled in April 2017.
Eleven of twelve goldsmiths, who were stranded in Iran after their passports were allegedly seized by their employer, returned to Kolkata on Wednesday after efforts by an anti-trafficking organisation and the Ministry of External Affairs. The twelfth is likely to return on Saturday.
Sk Moinuddin, a resident of Hooghly, looked relieved as he exited Kolkata airport on Wednesday afternoon. “I had gone to Iran for a job and paid Rs 35,000 to an agent, Gyasuddin Mullick. I went to Iran on April 12 and worked there for about two months. While we were promised a good salary, they gave half the amount in the first month and I continued working for another month without pay. Slowly, they stopped providing us food even. When we confronted the authorities, they threatened us and took away our documents and passports,” said Moinuddin.
Moinuddin said the group then found a mobile app of the National Anti-Trafficking Committee and sent it a message. “We were 12 people confined to a room and they would give us water after 19 hours,” he said. The chairman of the committee, Sk Jinnar, then contacted their family members and wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs, the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “One person who is still stuck will be back here by Saturday,” said Jinnar.
The local agent, Gyasuddin Mullick, claimed he did not know about the employer’s intentions.“I had taken money from them, about Rs 35,000 each, for visa and other expenses. The main agent was in Dubai, I shouldn’t have believed him. I myself was stuck there,” said Mullick. Jinnar too said, “The main culprit is in Delhi, who had assured Mullick of jobs for 14 people. Our focus is to put him behind bars…” The family members of the 11 youths thanked the authorities. When asked about the matter, a family member of one of the youths said, “…it will be great if the government brings in tougher laws against such touts.”
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