Northeast India and Bangladesh face new narco-terrorism threat with new smuggling routes: report

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Agartala: Northeast India and Bangladesh face a new narco-terrorism threat as drug traffickers altered their shipping route in the popular narcotic Yaba and involved Islamic student organizations, according to a report prepared by security and intelligence organizations.

As Bangladesh security forces crack down on Myanmar’s traditional drug smuggling routes to that country, new routes involving the transport of Yaba tablets, dubbed ‘mad drug and’ Nazi speed ‘, from Myanmar to Tripura, Mizoram and Assam to Bangladesh appeared.

Islamic student organizations under pressure in Bangladesh have been implicated in the smuggling route, and security forces fear that the money they earn from drug trafficking will be used to fund terrorist activities later.

As a result (of a crackdown on the Bangla-Myanmar border), cross-border narcotics unions are now exploiting the Indo-Bangladesh border, according to a recent report compiled by security agencies and made available to PTI.

The drug smuggling route from Myanmar now goes through Manipur and from there to Silchar and Tripura and finally to Bangladesh.

It also uses the Myanmar-Mizoram-Dharmanagar-Sonamura-Bangladesh route for smuggling Yaba tablets and other narcotics items, the report added. Yaba is a combination of caffeine and crystal meth, in tablet form, which is extremely popular among party drugs. sub-continent users. Bangladesh and India are popular destinations for drugs.

Recent information indicates the involvement of the Organization of Islamic Students near Kailashahar in the smuggling and trafficking of tablets from Yaba to the state. Activities were observed around the Khubjar Mosque in Kailashar, according to the intelligence report. Kailashahar is the seat of Unakoti district and borders Bangladesh.

The report said security agencies were studying the link between revenue and funding for anti-national activities.

He also referred to the presence of a key associate of the late Bangladeshi Yaba leader, Saiful Karim, at an Islamic religious festival in February near the Assam-Tripura border.

Sources said that while the target market for Yaba tablets for now remains Bangladesh, Yaba and other drugs such as brown sugar are now retailed in northeast India in addition to ‘be transshipped to mainland India, in increasing numbers.

The report says the smuggling of codeine-based cough syrup (CBCS) has also increased dramatically in recent months and that a financier is reportedly leading a large union from Siliguri in North Bengal. The addicting codeine syrup is popular with Bangladeshi youth who use it as a substitute for alcoholic drinks, which are banned in the neighboring country.

The syrup, which is a drug sold by pharmacists, is transshipped to places such as Panisagar (North Tripura), Teliamura (Khowai), Hawaibari (Khowai), Agartala and Boxanagar (Sepahijala). The cover cargo includes potatoes, onions, tea leaves, machine parts, etc.

The price of a 100ml bottle at the smuggling point in Bangladesh is as high as Rs. 1000-1100 and smuggled into Bangladesh through the border points of Lankamura (West Tripura), Durgapur (Sepahijala District) and Harihordola, Kathalia (Sepahijala District).

He said several people have been identified as involved in the storage and distribution of heroin and brown sugar in and around Agartala. Recent data suggests the presence of several small unions in Agartala, Udaipur (District Gomati), Sonamura (District Sepahijala) and Khowai (District Khowai).

Cross-border smugglers are active in Sonamura, Baxanagar, Jatrapur in Sipahijala district, Belonia in South Tripura district and Kadamtala in Dharmanagar districts of Tripura.

Dry ganja is often smuggled out of the state via Churaibari at the Assam-Tripura border. Yaba tablets and other contraband items like brown sugar, cough syrup, etc. are smuggled into the state through the same route. The Tripura-Mizoram border is also used for drug trafficking. In recent times, numerous seizures have been carried out by state police both inside Tripura and in the border area of ​​Assam.

The report says, however, that despite the route changes and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the BSF Tripura Frontier actively fought the new drug threat and managed to seize huge amounts of ganja, tablets of Yaba and other contraband items from 2021 to June. 25.

BSF Tripura Frontier seized 5,907.85 kg of ganja, 34,674 Yaba tablets, 23,105 bottles of phensedyl, 2,883 bottles of alcohol and a huge amount of medicine, as well as 8 65,839 young ganja plants destroyed during of the current year until June 25.

In 2020, according to the statement, some 4,67,453 tablets of Yaba, 5,303.25 kg of ganja, 65,885 bottles of phensedyl, drugs worth Rs. 30,486,646 and 3,432 bottles of alcohol were seizures and up to 46,666,690 young ganja plants were destroyed by BSF’s Tripura border.

Tripura police have also seen huge success in anti-narcotics campaigns in West Tripura district with the arrest of 125 people since January this year.

So far West Tripura police have seized around 1,500 kg of cannabis, 11,967 phensedyl bottles, 15,951 Yaba, tablets, around 600 grams of heroin as well as 7,000 destroyed ganja plants, Additional SP (Urban ), West Tripura district, Bogati Jagadeeswer Reddy told media. -PTI

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