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Cough syrup bottles seized

Nov. 21: Officials of the directorate of revenue intelligence seized a Bangladesh-bound consignment of Phensedyl cough syrup here yesterday.

An official source said the consignment containing 13,000 bottles was seized from a Tripura-bound 10-wheeler truck bearing registration number WB-11 A/9323 on the national highway bypass in Beharbari. According to the source, the truck was coming from Calcutta.

“The operation was conducted by the Guwahati unit of the directorate on the basis of specific information. The Phensedyl bottles were found concealed under empty liquor bottles,” he said.

“It is suspected that the consignment, which was being transported from Calcutta to Tripura without any valid document, would have been smuggled to Bangladesh,” the source said.

The driver and handyman of the truck have been arrested and a case registered against them under the relevant sections of Customs Act, 1962.

The accused are Sahabuddin Khan, 27, and Vinod Sau, 25, both from Calcutta. The duo were produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup, today and remanded in judicial custody.

“The total value of the haul, including the truck, is more than Rs 21 lakh,” the source said.

Largescale smuggling of cough syrup from India to Bangladesh through the Northeast is a matter of concern for both countries.

“Despite the seizure of such consignments at regular intervals by different law enforcement agencies, the illicit smuggling of cough syrup containing codeine (a derivative of opium) from India to Bangladesh is still continuing in a big way,” he said.

Bangladesh has expressed concern over the growing menace and requested India to curb the illegal export of such substances.

Phensedyl is popular among addicts in the neighbouring country, where liquor consumption is banned.

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