Shillong, June 10: Security forces have reaffirmed the presence of cross-border drug traffickers with the arrest of five alleged smugglers in Meghalaya.
On Monday evening, BSF troops deployed in Meghalaya’s South West Khasi Hills district apprehended Md Jiaual Rahman, 34, and Nikhil Bhutia, 36, from Borsora near the international border. The area is around 200km from here.
While Rahman hails from Lilong under Thoubal district of Manipur, Bhutia is from Happy Valley here, a BSF official said.
During the search, the troops recovered a packet containing 100grams of brown sugar valued at approximately Rs 5 lakh, one mobile phone with a Bangladesh SIM card, and some other items, the official said.
“On questioning, they revealed that this brown sugar was brought from Shillong and was to be handed over to some Bangladeshi nationals on the international border as a sample,” the BSF official said.
Sources said during interrogation, Rahman and Bhutia revealed the names of their three accomplices who were staying in the state capital.
Following the confession, the BSF troops along with Meghalaya police arrested the three accomplices yesterday morning from Khyndailad here.
The arrested men were identified as Hafiz Kefayatullah, 26, Badre Alam, 29, and Md Muaj — all residents of Lilong — who were waiting for Rahman’s return from the border.
“They confessed that a racket did exist. They said drugs are brought from Myanmar to Manipur from where the consignments are ferried to Shillong,” the BSF official said.
Moreover, the official said Rahman and company had contacted a Bangladeshi national where the deal was to be finalised for which, sample was to be handed over to a Bangladeshi at Borsora who has been identified as Yasin.
Rahman has also confessed that he and his associates were working for one Aulad Khan, 36, who is also from Lilong.
The five persons were handed over to the local police for further investigations.