In a major breakthrough, the Karbi Anglong police have arrested an alleged Kingpin of an inter-state drug racket on Wednesday.
The arrested person has been identified as Baba Hazarika, a resident of Gharialdubi locality under Khatkhati Police Station.
Police have seized a huge quantity of drugs from a tipper truck and some wildlife parts inside his residence. The driver of the truck was also arrested in this connection.
The seized items include 795 grams of fine quality heroin worth over Rs 5 Crore in the market, several wildlife parts and three vehicles including the tipper truck.
According to police, Hazarika operated his illegal trade along the Assam-Nagaland border and controlled a network of drug smuggling from procurement to transport and distribution at various levels.
He amassed a huge fortune in the past couple of years and was under police observation for long.
Speaking to the media, Pusparaj Singh, Superintendent of Police, Karbi Anglong said, “We received information about Baba Hazarika and he was kept under surveillance by a team of Karbi Anglong police for the last three months. His house was being monitored on a daily basis and his movements were tracked”
“Yesterday, after receiving specific information about the shipment of a huge consignment of drugs from Manipur to Hazarika, we place source near his house and about 4:30 AM in the morning, a tipper truck entered his compound.
“Immediately, our police team arrived and cordoned the entire campus of Hazarika. After a thorough search of the vehicle, 60 soap boxes containing 795 grams of heroin were recovered concealed in a secret chamber inside the fuel tank of the vehicle,” Singh added.
The SP further said the residence was also searched thoroughly and some wildlife parts including a pair of the elephant ankle bones, three deer antlers along with the skull and tortoise shell were recovered.