October 8, 2014 7:18:52 pm
An intelligence unit of the Mizoram police on Wednesday instituted an internal inquiry into the alleged involvement of two field operatives in narcotics trafficking.
The duo, who are currently attached to the District Special Bureau under the Aizawl District SP, were nabbed by community volunteers of an Aizawl neighborhood after discovering a stash of empty medicine strips estimated to have contained almost 5 lakh pills of pseudoephedrine, a controlled substance used to manufacture methamphetamine, widely abused as a party drug throughout the world.
A senior police official said the two plain-clothes policemen and a suspected accomplice were apprehended by Zemabawk neighborhood’s Joint Action Committee volunteers late on Tuesday night and handed over to police.
A Dy.SP and Inspector have been questioning the duo — identified as constables J C Lallawmzuala and Lalramhluna — as part of an internal inquiry although no criminal case has as yet been registered at the Bawngkawn Police Station, where they were handed over last night.
The stash of empty pseudoephedrine tablet strips recovered from their alleged accomplice is estimated to have been worth more then Rs 1 crore in the black market.
T C Lalropianga, an inspector with the same police intelligence unit had earlier this year been suspended for his alleged involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking racket after one peddler told anti-narcotics investigators of the Excise and Narcotics Department that he. Had given her the 10,000 methamphetamine pills she was caught with.
Pseudoephedrine trafficking has become a major black market business in Mizoram and other NE states such as Manipur through which the controlled drug, widely manufactured in India, is illegally routed to Myanmar where clandestine laboratories use it to manufacture methamphetamine.
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