Imphal: An Indian Army
spokesperson was Sunday arrested in Manipur with contraband drugs
worth about Rs.15 crore (Rs.150 million) in international market,
police here said.
The drugs were to be smuggled to neighbouring Myanmar, a Manipur
Police official said.
Col. Ajay Choudhury of Red Shield Division was arrested along with
five other people from Pallel town in Thoubal district after a hot
chase, district police chief Jhaljit Singh told IANS.
Police claimed that the army officer earlier smuggled banned drugs
from capital Imphal to Moreh town on Myanmar border five times.
The other five accused are Col. Choudhury's assistant R.K. Babblu,
a private airlines' assistant manager Ngairakpam Brojendro, Haopu
Haokip, Minthang Bongel and Milan Haokip, the police officer said.
"They were carrying pseudoephedrine tablets of different brands in
three vehicles to Moreh to smuggle these to Myanmar," Jhaljit
The police chief said they received a tip-off about the movement
Saturday. But when a police team tried to stop the vehicles in
Khongjom, they drove away without stopping. They were caught after
The accused, including the army officials, have been booked under
the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
"If found guilty, strict action will be taken against him (Col.
Choudhury)," Indian Army spokesperson Col. Jagdeep Dahiya told
Pseudoephedrine tablets are also called party drugs as these
induce great energy when taken as pills, injected, inhaled or
smoked. These kind of drugs are particularly attractive to
teenagers world over.
"The drug has been used as a precursor to the manufacturing of
speed pills such as amphetamine and metamphetamine in Myanmar," a
customs official said.