- The driver and the handyman of the truck are identified as Narayan Chandra Sarkar and Kalidas Munda
- The contraband was coming from Agartala and was bound for Shillong
Guwahati: Two persons arrested along with 583 kg of dry cannabis in Assam, an official from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said here on Tuesday.
According to the official, with the support of the Border Security Force (BSF), the DRI officials of Silchar intercepted a truck at Badarpurghat area of Cachar and recovered 583.7 kg of dry cannabis packed in 58 packets, which were hidden inside a specially-built cavity at the back of the driver’s cabin.
The driver and the handyman of the truck are identified as Narayan Chandra Sarkar and Kalidas Munda, both hailing from Agartala — were arrested and the truck was also seized.
The contraband was coming from Agartala and was bound for Shillong, it added.
The case indicates that the northeast continues to be the sensitive zone for the production of cannabis, from where it is being transported to different parts of India by the drug syndicates, an official statement said.
According to a report, Assam has been ranked second by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in terms of rate of violent crimes in the country in 2016.
According to the bureau’s latest report, Crime in India 2016, released by Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Thursday, the rate of violent crime was 74.22 in the state last year, which was second highest in the country with New Delhi (77.5) occupying the first position.