Ganja gang busted, 150kg haul

Two persons were arrested for smuggling opium and marijuana at Deoghar, an area under MGM thana some 10km away from here, on Monday evening.

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 8.08.18
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The confiscated consignment of marijuana at MGM thana in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta

Jamshedpur: Two persons were arrested for smuggling opium and marijuana at Deoghar, an area under MGM thana some 10km away from here, on Monday evening.

Giving the duo chase on a tip-off, police seized 150kg of marijuana and 250gm of opium from a car and van the smugglers Gautam Kumar, 40, and Hyder Ali, 32, were using. The consignment would be worth over Rs 2 lakh, estimated East Singhbhum SSP Anoop Birtharay before mediapersons on Tuesday.

Police have seized Rs 50,000 in cash from Gautam, said to be a veteran smuggler in this region.

"We arrested the two from NH-33 near Deoghar under MGM thana area on a tip-off. During probe, the men confessed they were carrying the consignment from a place in Tamar in Ranchi district to deliver somewhere at Kharagpur in Bengal," said Birtharay. "These arrests are significant as they have been running an interstate smuggling chain since the past couple of years."

Birtharay told the media that marijuana was loaded in a van and opium in a car in that both Gautam and Ali were travelling back to back. Both smugglers are from Golmuri.

Deputy superintendent of police (headquarters-II) Kailash Karmali and MGM thana officer-in-charge Ashok Kumar who had caught the consignment and arrested the accused were also present at the news meet.

The SSP said the cost of the contraband items was not the main factor but the amount of damage these substances could do. "Families are ruined if a member has an addiction. The sale of both opium and marijuana is banned in Jharkhand," he said.

Burglary

Unidentified men decamped with cash, gold and silver jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh from a residential quarter on Kadma Main Road in the wee hours of Tuesday. Police have registered a case of theft on the basis of an FIR lodged by house owner Gopinath Yadav.