The SIT team with the arrested indivisuals.

The Special Investigation Team (Crime Branch) of the Arunachal Pradesh Police has claimed to have busted a “major drug racket” which has subsequently led to the arrest of five persons including two security persons.

A total of 250 grams of heroin, cash amounting to Rs 3, 33,600-, syringes, 9 mobile phones and passbooks of different banks with a total credit balance of Rs 6, 77,473 were recovered from the arrested individuals.

The SIT arrested the individuals from various parts of the capital complex.

The capital complex consists of Itanagar, the state capital, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

SIT superintendent of police Navdeep Singh Brar said, “Among the five arrested, two are constables in the state’s India Reserve Battalion (IRBn).”

“Working on inputs received in regards to the drug peddling scenario in the state capital, our team identified two individuals – Oyar Panor and Yayi Lendo Jomoh to be the kingpins of the drug racket.

“The team, accordingly conducted a raid at the Chandanagar area and apprehended Panor and Jomoh along with one Rain Rai on May 28,” SP Brar said.

“On further investigation, the trio revealed the involvement of two IRBn constables – Tenzin Lobsang and Christopher Tair in the racket and they were picked up from the Jully and Chimpu areas respectively,” he said.

The SP said his team seized contraband substances, syringes and cash from their possession.

Spelling out the modus operandi of the case, Brar said the peddlers obtained a fake medical emergency pass from the Itanagar deputy commissioner’s office and went to Guwahati to bring the drugs from the main supplier.

“The drugs were then sold in Jully, Chimpu and Mowb-II areas of Itanagar,” he said.

A case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (PIT NDPS) Act has been registered against the five and they have been kept under 7 days of police remand, he added.

In another major haul, the West Kameng police seized around 610 kilograms of cannabis (ganja) from one Sang Jamtso in the Khalaktang sub-division of West Kameng district.

Jamtso was intercepted by the police between the Balemu and Ankaling route of Khalaktang on May 30.

“During interrogation, Jamtso revealed that he had collected the cannabis from one Tsong Jaipu of Waizer village of Khalaktang and they were planning to sell the same in Assam.

Both Jamtso and Jipu have been arrested and investigation on to identify the other persons involved in the network,” the SP said.

The West Kameng police led by its SP Raja Banthia have in the past two months arrested 9 peddlers from several places of the district.

The district’s police have also established an anti-narcotics squad to tackle the menace of drugs in the region.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: