SHILLONG, June 30: The State police last night the 29th of June arrested two drugs peddlers and also seized upto 676 grams of heroin worth about Rs.1 crore. The two drugs peddlers were arrested with the cooperative effort of the police from two districts, East Khasi Hills and East Jaiñtia Hills.
The statement of the Director General of Police (DGP) of Meghalaya, Dr.Lajja Ram Bishnoi stated that the police received information from a reliable source that one bus transporting drugs will be arriving from Manipur to Shillong, the Anti Narcotic Force (ANTF) from East Khasi and East Jaiñtia Hills conducted a search operation along the highways of the two districts and in this search operation which lasted about 12 hours, at about 3:50 AM of the 30th one bus in which the two drugs peddlers were seated was found at Khliehriat area, and after a search was conducted upto 26 soap boxes in which the drugs were packed and 30 strips of Nitrazapam were seized.
The two arrested peddlers are identified as Gary Kharnaïor, 30 years of age, a resident of Mawlai Stand Bus and the other is identified as Kmenlang Shabong, 20 years of age and a resident of Mawlai Mawïong.
The DGP informed that upon interrogation of the two, they confessed that the drugs were meant to be delivered to one person named Marvin Jyrwa in Mawryngkneng, after which the police arrested him and 3 of his friends known ad Meinifu Buam, 22 years from Mawlai Umsaw, Khrawboklang Kharkongor, 29 years from Mawlai Kyntonmassar and Aiborlang Laitmon, 28 years from Mawlai Nongpathaw.
The DGP today felicitated the 36 police personnel who were responsible in seizing the drugs by especially recognising their efforts with certificates from the Police Department.
On being queried, the senior most police official in the State said that all vehicles were not searched for the drugs as this would have caused an inconvenience to the commuters and only those vehicles of which information was received were searched.
With regards to the allegation that there might be a police involvement of the police which resulted in the drugs being brought freely into the state, the DGP said that till now he has not received any complaint about the involvement of police personnels but he added that if police personnels are found to be involved as well, the punishment will be harsher for such police personnels.
On the other hand, Dr.Bishnoi said that it is a fact that civilians are reluctant in coming forward as witnesses in connection with drugs related matters because they have to keep appearing in Court but he said that the police department will try to speak with the Court administration to make arrangements for such cases so that the civilians are not inconvenience while also stating that in other countries rewards in cash are also given to such witnesses.