| The seized ganja at Guwahati railway station on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 23: Timely intelligence sharing between Dimapur police and Government Railway Police (GRP) led to the haul of 45kg ganja and the arrest of an ex-armyman last night.
The ganja would have fetched around Rs 1 lakh.
This was the third such haul of banned cannabis from trains in the last five days. Since Saturday, GRP has seized 82kg contraband from trains at Guwahati station and arrested four persons.
For a long time, intelligence sharing between cops in Dimapur, Nagaland and Assam had been a concern, but GRP sources here today attributed their recent successes to the “help” provided by their counterparts in Dimapur and initiatives taken by the GRP to check transportation of banned contraband through trains.
“It’s good to see that we are now getting constant information from the police in Dimapur about criminal activities being committed using the railways. Earlier, we mostly had to depend on our own sources. But now we appreciate the help, as Dimapur has been a supply point for ganja, drugs and illegal arms to criminals,” a GRP source here said.
Acting on a specific tip-off from Dimapur, GRP last night searched the Dimapur-Howrah Indrani Express at Guwahati station and arrested Nunashi Temjen, a 42-year-old former soldier, with 45kg ganja. GRP sources said the ganja was concealed in 27 packets and bound for supply in Calcutta. Temjen is a resident of Dimapur.
“According to our information, the consignment was loaded in Dimapur and was bound for Calcutta. Recently, Dimapur police have stepped up vigil against smugglers who supply drugs and illegal arms through trains. They also seized some consignments and kept us updated so that we could catch those who managed to slip through in Dimapur,” the source said.
Ganja is secretly transported from Manipur to Dimapur by road. The consignments are mostly loaded onto trains at Dimapur railway station from where they are smuggled out to Howrah and then to states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh where there is a huge demand for Manipuri ganja.
The smugglers adopt different methods to transport the cannabis by train. The police have also pointed fingers at railway officials because criminals have been found to create secret chambers in compartments.
They have also used poor women peddlers to carry ganja in small packets. In some cases, smugglers transport cannabis to Guwahati by road and then load them onto trains there.