Odisha STF grabs Rs a crore of Bengal brown sugar

In a joint drug operation, the Odisha Police Task Force (STF) and its West Bengal counterparts seized brown sugar worth more than one crore of rupees from an interstate drug trafficker in the neighboring state.

The banned brown sugar weighing 1,043 kg and valued at over Rs 1 crore was seized from the possession of the accused Safikul Seikh in Mirzapur under the Beldanga police station in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

During questioning, the accused Safikul confessed that he had obtained the brown sugar from a wanted drug dealer Sk. Lalu accused. Lalu was one of the masterminds of the interstate drug trafficking gang and was on the run.

“It was produced before the Tehatta Court of First Instance in Nadia which granted the STF pre-trial detention for 5 days. It will be produced in the District Court and Cuttack Judge Sessions. Further investigation is underway, ”STF said in a statement.

The banned substances arrive in Odisha from Murshidabad in West Bengal. The district of Balasore, on the Bengal border, has become the gateway to the state’s drug trafficking networks.

Organized racketeering from Balasore-based drug traffickers has extended their network to major urban centers – Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri – across the state, STF officials concluded.

Rachel J. Bradford