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Drug cuffs on ex-cop's son

Minkumoni Deka after his arrest. Picture by Manash Pratim Dutta

Guwahati: Noonmati police on Sunday arrested the son of a retired police officer for drug peddling.

Minkumoni Deka aka Maina, 36, son of retired inspector Monmohan Deka, was arrested with 10 grams of heroin, valued at Rs 1 lakh.

"We were planning to arrest him for a long time and finally our team was able to catch him with proper evidence. He has been using his father's name to run the illegal business," assistant commissioner of police Purabi Mazumdar said.

Deka was arrested under Sections 21B (contravention in relation to manufactured drugs and preparations) and 29 (criminal conspiracy) of The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Both sections carry imprisonment term which may extend to 10 years and fine up to Rs 1 lakh.

Noonmati police raided various places on the basis of Deka's statement but could not trace anyone. Latasil police also raided houses of suspected peddlers on Sunday but returned empty handed.

"We searched the houses of Rina Begum, Ashma Begum, Samsul Nesa and Faruk Ahmed on SK Bhuyan Road in Uzan Bazar. These four had been earlier arrested for drug peddling and been in jail. But today (Sunday) we could not find any drugs from their residences. They are still running the drugs business but because of the extensive drive in the city they might have shifted to selling outside the city limits. We will carry out more drives outside the city," officer in-charge of Latasil police station, Sunil Kalita, said.

In another incident, GRP arrested one person with 800 grams of morphine at Guwahati railway station. Kanwarlal Dangi, 40, from Faredi in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan, was arrested with morphine valued at Rs 1 crore.

"The person was travelling from Upper Assam's Tinsukia to Pratapgarh in Rajasthan with the morphine packed in three packets on Rajdhani Express," officer in-charge of GRP Guwahati station, Utpal Kumar Das, said.

Dangi was booked under Section 21C (contravention in relation to manufactured drugs and preparations) of the NDPS Act. It carries a prison term of 10 years, which may extend to 20 years, and fine of Rs 1 lakh, which may go up to Rs 2 lakh.

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