Agartala: Tripura police have arrested two youths of Assam at Churaibari check-post in North Tripura along with a huge amount of contraband drug Phensedyl while entering into the state in a currier vehicle on Saturday late hours.
Police said the accused Mujibur Rahman (23) was the driver of the vehicle and Saiful Mia (21) was his assistant, residents of Shantipur village of Milnnagar in Goalpara district of Assam and both of them have been booked under Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substance Act.
However, during interrogation, Mujibur claimed that he had loaded all the goods from Guwahati and from there, at Silchar first they unloaded some goods and then some would have been unloaded at Dharmanagar and remaining at Agartala.
According to police, although Phensedyl is a prescription drug in India, its use has been banned in Tripura and many other states because of its use mostly among youngsters as tranquillizers and relaxation.
The Phensedly and other psychotropic drugs have been paddled from other states of the country and Tripura is used as a corridor for smuggling to Bangladesh.
Police said the driver of the container vehicle carrying a signboard of DTDC carrier while transporting Phensedyl from Guwahati had suspected the policemen and they went searching and found as many as 720 bottles of Phensedyl in five cartoons with other consignments of DTDC carrier in the truck, worth of Rs 3.36 lakh.
On the other, in a joint operation, Tripura Police and Military Intelligence nabbed two persons and seized Rs 5.72 lakh of fake currency from their possession which was supposed to be transferred to another gang at Teliamura on Sunday, Superintendent of Police Khowai Bhanupada Chakraborty said.
Acting on a tip-off, police trapped the person who was supposed to receive the fake note but he succeeded to escape the police dragnet.
However, police were able to arrest two persons with the fake currency identified as Rakesh Molsom and Bajirai Reang – residents of the Taidu area of Gomati district.
They have been booked under IPC sections 489 (B) (C) and 120 (B) and police have been trying to trace the kingpin involved in the crime, Chakraborty added.