Retired MPS officer held in WY smuggling raid
IMPHAL | Apr 15 : In a significant arrest by the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), a retired deputy superintendent of police has been held for having links with a drug cartel.
Former DSP, Md Abdul Latif,63,son of late Md Shahbuddin was picked up by a team of NAB from his residence at Dewlahland Kabow Leikai on Saturday at around 8.10 pm.
The drug World is Yours (WY) numbering 1 lakh tablets worth around 40 lakh were allegedly transported from his residence and sent to Jiribam in a Force Cruiser make vehicle bearing registration number AS11AC-6710. The vehicle was intercepted by personnel of 23 Assam Rifles at Kaimai post of Tousem sub-division which falls under Tamenglong district on April 10 last.
The drugs were carefully hidden in the tubular front chassis of the vehicle. The driver transporting the drugs was identified as Manzil Ahmed Lasker,30, son of Jamoir Uddin Lasker of Uttar Lalpani, Jirighat, Assam. It was following his disclosure that the NAB team led by DSP Th Brinda arrested Md Abdul Latif from his residence.
It was also learnt that one Rabul had assured the driver Manzil that the boss was a policeman and nothing would happen to him. It can be stated that ex-DSP Abdul Latif had retired from the Manipur Police Service in 2014 and among various posts he had also served in NAB itself.
The accused has been remanded to the custody of NAB Police for seven days for further investigation. “Today’s arrest is a breakthrough for the Narcotic police, for this is the first time in the history of Manipur police that a senior police officer is arrested with drug related case,” said Brinda speaking to media persons in Imphal, NAB office on Saturday.
“Manzil disclosed that the accused Latif along with another accomplice identified as Rabul, who is still at large, loaded the drugs at garage of Latif’s residence after it was brought down from upstairs. He (Manzil) was later assured by Latif that he needs no worry about his security in transporting the drugs as the boss is a police,” revealed the senior officer.
Implying possible involvement of big shots in the case, Thounaojam Brinda said, “We will unearth whoever is behind the cases. Be it some influential people the NAB will bring them to book.”
According to reliable sources, the WY tablets which is smuggled in from neighbouring Myanmar side, has very high demand in Bangladesh.
It is believed that the tablets after having smuggled in from Myanmar, heads to Tripura and eventually lands in Bangladesh. In international market, the WY approximately cost Rs. 500 per tablet bringing the value of the consignment to Rs. 5 crore.
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