4 arrested at airport, marijuana seized

Four men, including a 26-year-old involved in the baggage handling operation of a private airline, were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle out marijuana to Port Blair.

By A Staff Reporter
  • Published 11.07.18
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Airport: Four men, including a 26-year-old involved in the baggage handling operation of a private airline, were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle out marijuana to Port Blair.

The accused are Sunny Hela, 26, the baggage handling helper; Mithu Roy, 34, and Trishna Das, 38, both from Nadia's Ranaghat; and Dum Dum resident Gopal Nayak.

Roy, Das and Nayak were booked on a flight to the Andamans capital and were allegedly carrying the contraband in their bags.

Hela had allegedly handed them baggage tags that certify a piece of luggage as having been scanned by an X-ray machine of the airline.

"Marijuana weighing 22kg were seized from the bags of the three fliers," a Narcotics Control Bureau official said.

"We knew the three had somehow managed to bypass the X-ray machines and were waiting with their luggage in the security hold area. When we questioned them they said Hela had handed them the baggage tags outside the terminal building. He was tracked down and arrested at the airport," said Dilip Srivastava, director of the Calcutta zone of the bureau.

Bureau officials suspect Hela is part of a bigger racket functional at the airport. "We are sure some others were involved in the racket and hope to arrest them soon," an official said.

A couple of days ago, two men were arrested on the charge of possessing 11kg of marijuana before they were to board a flight to Port Blair.