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Three held in heroin hunt
- Brown sugar worth Rs 30 lakh seized

Siliguri, Oct. 27: In a major haul of narcotics, Siliguri police today seized 300 gm of brown sugar, said to be worth about Rs 30 lakh, and arrested three persons from Burdwan Road here.

Another man, who was to have received the illegal consignment, however, managed to escape.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of police personnel accosted Mohammad Kasim, Mohammad Masud and Mohammad Sikander in front of a Hero Honda showroom on Burdwan Road. The three men had just arrived in town on a bus from Bihar.

'When our personnel frisked the trio, they recovered three packets of brown sugar (an impure form of heroin), weighing 100 gm each, from their possession,' said Tripurari, additional superintendent of police, Siliguri.

Kasim and Masud are residents of Berhampore in Murshidabad, while Sikander hails from Bihar. All of them will be forwarded to the court tomorrow.

'The identity of the fourth person, who managed to escape, is yet to be ascertained,' said Tripurari. 'We are interrogating the three arrested persons (to ascertain the source and end destination of the drug).'

During preliminary interrogation, the smugglers told the police that they were supposed to have delivered the packets to a contact man in front of the two-wheeler showroom. 'They said they were to have handed over the drug to a man dressed in white, who they were told would be standing in front of the showroom fiddling with a mobile set. But before they could do that, we arrested them,' said Prasanta Chanda, inspector in-charge of Siliguri police station.

With today's haul, the total volume of heroin and heroin-derivative drugs seized in the last four months has gone up to 1.55 kg, which is worth over Rs 1 crore in the international market. The police had registered seven cases during the period. 'We have arrested 10 persons in these cases. Most of the arrested belong to Murshidabad,' said Tripurari.

Last month, the police had arrested notorious criminal Raju Chhetri and recovered 260 gm of brown sugar from his possession.

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