NORTH LAKHIMPUR, June 12 - Two drug dealers were arrested at Sootea in Biswanath district, who were on their way to Lakhimpur district. The arrested drug dealers have been identified as Jiten Biswas (32) from Parbatpur village under Harmutyy Police Outpost and Sanjay Bhattacharjee (22) from Durga Mandir area under Laluk Police Station in Lakhimpur district.
They were arrested by Biswanath police on Wednesday night while they were travelling on a Hyundai i-20 car bearing registration number AS07 M 8922 to Laluk.
Heroin weighing 180 grams and worth Rs 15 lakhs, hidden inside door panel of the car, was recovered by the police. The car is registered in the name of Jiten Biswas.
The arrest of these two drug dealers and the recovery of heroin once again bring focus on the active narcotics trade in Lakhimpur district and beyond.
On July 20, 2018, Biswas was arrested along with four others from Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh with one 9mm pistol, two live rounds and around 85 grams of heroin. He was also arrested in 2015 in Sipajhar, Darrang with banned substances.
On October 16, 2019, police arrested drug peddlers Mukunda Das, Ashim Gogoi and Riju Nandi from Harmutty for smuggling heroin and ivory.
On July 3, 2019, one Dilwar Hussain and Moinul Islam were arrested by the police at Karunabari under Laluk PS in Lakhimpur along with 28.7 grams of heroin.
On May 24, 2019, Lakhimpur police arrested two brothers Pradip Biswas (33) and Deepak Biswas (28) from Harmutty and recovered 9.70 grams of heroin.
The arrest of Jiten Biswas and Sanjay Bhattacharjee has exposed the spurt in the drugs trade in the district bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
In 2018, the death of a 24-year-old youth at North Lakhimpur was attributed to the growing menace of substance abuse, as confessed by two persons arrested in connection with the case.
The victim, Priyangshu Madhukalya, was found in a precarious condition at Chaboti in the evening of April 16, 2018, after he was picked up by two of his friends from his residence. He died on his way to Guwahati for advanced treatment.
Based on complaints by the victim�s family, police had arrested two of his friends, who reportedly confessed to giving a high dose of drugs to Priyangshu.
In September 2017, a college student, named Imran Ahmed, was murdered by two of his seniors allegedly for the former�s refusal to cough up �extortions� for buying drugs.
Areas near colleges and private hostels, bridges and deserted streets, the under-construction National Highway-15 bypass, offices and other public places with no power connection have long been favourite spots for such activities.
Roadside kiosks, paan shops and some pharmacies in the town do brisk business by covertly selling these substances which are codenamed �baba� and �weed�.