Imphal: A consignment of 16 bags of Betel leaf was seized at the cargo delivery point of the Imphal International Airport on Saturday by Manipur Police.
Police said reliable information was received about the delivery of a huge consignment of Betel leaf by Air India Flight 9I-741 arriving in Imphal. On receipt of the information, a team of police rushed at the Bir Tikendrajit Imphal International Airport and intercepted the consignment.
On enquiry, it was found that the said consignment of betel leaf was shipped to Imphal from Guwahati via Air India 9I-741 by one Pramod (shipper’s name) via Bhagwati Air Express Pvt Ltd (carrier agent’s name) to consignee namely, SSS at Imphal under consignment no. 09884763991 and was being received by Kangjam Jackson Singh on behalf of SSS.
Police said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an order of the state government to ban of consumption of betel leaves with betel nuts, tobacco products etc.
The betel leaves along with the cargo manifest were seized from the possession of Kangjam Jackson and the arrested person along with the seizure items were handed over to OC Singjamei PS for taking up further necessary legal action.