A team of Imphal West district commando has seized 9.614 kg of WY tablets worth around Rs 4.4 crore in the international market and arrested three persons, including the owner of the consignment, who was a candidate in the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election for the Janata Dal-U (JD-U), sources said.
Superintendent of Police, Imphal West, Ksh Shivakanta on Tuesday told mediapersons at Babupara, Imphal that the three were arrested around 5.30 pm Monday. They have been identified as Longjam Ratan Singh, 30, son of L Sharat Singh of Nongdam Awang Leikai, Imphal East; Kangabam Jadu Singh, 52, son of K Dijamani Singh of Charangpat Awang Leikai presently staying at Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak, Imphal East district and Majnu Miah, 37, son of Soibar Rahman of Jordanga Part II, Dhubri, Assam, he said.
He said in continuation of the police activity under “War on Drugs 2.0” of the Manipur government, a team of district commando led by its officer-in-charge, P Achouba Meeitei under the supervision of additional superintendent of police (Ops) M Amit Singh and overall supervision of SP, Imphal West conducted frisking and checking at Meitei Lamkhai area under the jurisdiction of Singjamei police station.
While checking, one Hyundai i20 car bearing registration number MN01W-4863 S Beige colour was intercepted. On thorough checking of the vehicle, suspected narcotic items (WY tablets) wrapped in brown adhesive tape were found concealed in a chamber of the vehicle. On opening the suspected WY tablets weighing around 9.1614 kg, a total of 88,000 WY tablets were found inside, he added.
On questioning the driver, Ratan revealed that the recovered narcotic items belonged to Jadu, the senior police officer said.
In the follow up action, the same police team arrested Jadu and Majnu, who is one of their accomplices near Sapormeina police station, Kangpokpi district and recovered a white Tata Hexa bearing registration number MN01AG-3147 in which the accused persons were travelling towards Dimapur, Shivakanta added.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused persons are part of an inter-state drug syndicate, he added.
Rs 1,42,430 in cash; six mobile phones; one wallet; two Aadhaar cards; one voter card; one PAN card and one driving license were also recovered from their possession, he added.
The arrested persons along with the seizures have been handed over to Singjamei police station and a case has been registered at the same police station.
The SP appealed to the general public to share any information of drug-related matters to the nearest police station or the control room of SP/IW 6009030422.
Kangabam Jadu Singh alias Jadumani was a JD-U candidate in the recent 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly from Wangkhem Assembly constituency.
According to the election affidavit submitted by Jadu, it is mentioned that he had three criminal antecedents at three different police stations under the offence of “kidnapping for ransom wrongfully concealing or keeping confinement, kidnapped or abducted person. Criminal Conspiracy Voluntary causing of grievous hurt extortion at Thoubal police station; disobedient to order duly promulgated by public servant. Unlawfully negligently does any act. Malignantly does any act. Act done in furtherance of common intention at Kamjong police station and Raising funds for terrorist act. Member of terrorist gang or organisation.”