AGARTALA, July 23 - The Border Security Force on Wednesday seized contraband cough syrup, worth Rs 27 lakh in the international market, from a truck in a village near the Indo-Bangla border, officials said.
Acting on a tip off, BSF personnel along with Customs and State police stopped the truck this morning at Ushabazar village and recovered 9,300 bottles of a particular brand of cough syrup hidden under sacks of cement. This brand of syrup is widely used by drug addicts in the North East and Bangladesh.
�We have seized 9,300 bottles of cough syrup in a truck of cement. The consignment was meant for Bangladesh,� said Customs Inspector Sraban Sourav. However, the driver and the helper of the truck managed to flee. Four northeastern States � Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam � share a 1,880-km long border with Bangladesh, a portion of which is unfenced and running through dense forests, making it porous and vulnerable. This is the second big seizure in a week�s time.
On last Thursday, two trucks loaded with 65,700 bottles of the same brand of syrup were seized at Moloyagar, near here, custom officials said. � PTI