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2 IRBn constables among 5 held in Arunachal drug bust
 ITANAGAR, June 1 - The Crime Branch PS (SIT) of Arunachal Pradesh Police has busted an inter-state drug racket, and arrested five persons, including two India Reserve Battalion constables. Officials seized “commercial quantity” of contraband substances, syringes, Rs 3.33 lakh in cash, bank passbooks having a total amount of Rs 6,77,473 and nine mobile phones from them.

The arrests were made by a special investigation team, under the supervision of SP (SIT) Dr Navdeep Singh Brar, and comprising of DSP T Bage, inspectors Ngilyang Lali, Padi Nikang, T Vijay and R Sonam and sub-inspector K Wangsu.

The team conducted raids at Chandranagar area in Itanagar on Thursday and apprehended the kingpins, Oyar Panor and Yayi Lendo Jomoh, and another accused, Rain Rai.

During investigation, involvement of some police personnel was revealed. The SIT conducted raids in Jully and Chimpu areas of Itanagar on Saturday and arrested two IRBn constables – Tenzin Lobsang and Christopher Tair. The team seized the contraband substances, syringes and cash from their possession.

The drug peddlers obtained a fake medical emergency pass from the Itanagar DC’s office amid the ongoing lockdown and went to Guwahati in a car and brought the consignment from the supplier. The drugs were sold in Jully, Chimpu and Mowb-Il areas of Itanagar.

The Crime Branch (SIT) registered a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, the SP said.

Cannabis seized: In another breakthrough, West Kameng police intercepted a pick-up vehicle at 1300 Chain area between Balemu and Ankaling in Kalaktang subdivision of West Kameng district and seized 32 bags of cannabis (ganja) weighing about 610 kg.

On interrogation, the driver, Sang Jamtso of Yolloripam village who was accompanied by a juvenile, revealed that he collected the cannabis from one Tsong Jaipu of Waizer village near Dengzi, Kalaktang.

Police said they were planning to sell the contraband in Assam. Investigation is on to identify the other persons involved in the network of drug trafficking.

A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at Balemu Police Station. Both the accused are in police custody, police said.

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