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7 quintals of ganja seized

Silchar, Aug. 6: Central customs (preventive) officials last afternoon made one of the biggest seizures of ganja (cannabis) in Cachar district in Rongpur locality on the eastern bank of river Barak in Silchar.

The officials, on a prior intelligence tip-off, seized a truck carrying seven quintals of ganja valued at about Rs 45 lakh to its prime underground marketing outlet in Balia district in Uttar Pradesh from Manipur.

The ganja was packed in 48 black polythene packets and concealed in the rear enclosure of the truck.

The driver of the vehicle was grilled for more information regarding the identity of the people who loaded the ganja in the truck in Manipurís Ukhrul district.

The customs intelligence sources last night said they had specific information that the ganja was being smuggled across the stateís border with Kachin and Shan hills in Myanmar.

The driver was reportedly paid Rs 3 lakh for its transportation.

Sources said the driver and the vehicle would be handed over later today to the police here for further investigation.

The officials said of late the 262km National Highway 53, connecting Imphal with Silchar, has turned into a major route for smuggling both the Manipur and Myanmar ganja.