MANGALDAI, May 20 - Illegal smuggling rackets of �cannabis� which have reportedly been operating actively in the central Assam districts bordering Arunachal Pradesh, in connivance with a section of corrupt Excise and Police officials, have now adopted new tactics of transporting the illegal consignment using cars.
This was evident on Sunday night when Darrang police after a hot chase managed to seize a huge quantity of an illegal cannabis consignment from a Tezpur-Guwahati bound car. Acting on a tip-off and under the direction of the Superintendent of Police, Darrang, Amrit Bhuyan, a police team led by DSP (HQ), Mamoni Hazarika at around 9 pm followed an �Eon� car bearing registration number AS12K6940 from Dhula and on way directed the Mangaldai police to stop the car. The police placed barricades at Mangaldai. However, the speedy vehicle moved forward breaking the police barricade. The police following it immediately sent a message to Sipajhar police, but the barricade of Sipajhar police too could not stop the vehicle. The police team too didn�t stop their hot chase and finally managed to seize the deserted vehicle near Singimari under Sipajhar Police Station.
Later on, nearly 60 kilogram of cannabis (ganja) packed in many white plastic bags were recovered from the vehicle. The value of this cannabis in the smuggling market is stated to be around Rs two lakh. The police is on the look out for the absconding smugglers and from the records of the Transport Department has identified the owner of the vehicle as Dirhasar Boro, s/o, Bristi Boro, a resident of No. 3 Dhansiri Tea Estate, under Mazbat Police Station in Udalguri district.