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Defence PRO among 6 held in huge drug haul
 IMPHAL, Feb 24 – Six persons including an Army officer were detained by a team of Thoubal district police in Manipur for allegedly carrying a huge consignment of contraband drugs worth more than Rs 15 crore in the international market at a police check point at Pallel, about 50 km south of Imphal in Thoubal district under Kakching Police Station around 8 am this morning, reports available here said.According to police sources here, more than 3 lakh and 30,440 strips of Pseudo Ephedrine tablets (Respifed, Hilcold, Trip, Actidin and Polyfed-c) manufactured by different companies of the country packed in seven airbags and 24 cartons were recovered from two Bolero vehicles (MN04A-8390 and AS01-BA-3699) and a white a Tata Safari (MN-02-A 0369) in which the six individuals including Army PRO Lt Colonel Ajay Choudhary (49) were traveling towards Moreh, a border town 110 km south of Imphal.

Lt Colonel Choudhary, said to be from the Bihar Infantry is currently attached at the M Sector of the 57 Mountain Division at Leimakhong in Manipur being its PRO,sources said. An assistant manager of Indigo airlines Ngairakpam Brojendro Singh (40) of Singjamei Khongnangpheidekpi reportedly accompanied the Army PRO in the latter’s vehicle, sources added.

The other arrested individuals include Haopu Haokip (28), Milan Haokip (25), RK Bablu (25) and Minthang Doungel (29).

PTI adds: “Colonel Ajay Chaudhary has been arrested this morning by the Manipur Police along with five other persons. We have been made to believe that certain contrabands have been recovered,” Army spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said in Delhi.

The Army promised strict disciplinary action if any personnel were found involved in the case. “We would like to state this much that if he is found guilty as per the law of the land, strict disciplinary action will be taken against him,” Dahiya said, adding “we will get involved in the process when we are formally approached”.

A Defence Ministry spokesman also said in Delhi that once a formal report into the incident come to the department, appropriate action would be taken against the officer.

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