Dibrugarh police started a massive crackdown against illegal drugs racket which is thriving in the district for the past decade.
From May to July 9, 2021, Dibrugarh police have registered 29 NDPS cases and arrested 56 drug peddlers.
Police have seized 212.6 grams of heroin, 731.43 grams of brown sugar and 65.863 kg of Cannabis till today.
Sources said the drugs trade flourished in upper Assam after Elahi Sheikh, the drug kingpin of upper Assam took over the drugs racket from Badsha Khan.
Khan was a drug lord of the entire upper Assam in the late 90’s who use to supply Cannabis and Opium but after that Sheikh, a tailor at Kalibari area took over the illegal narcotic trade in his hand and was running the whole trade by engaging peddlers, who are mostly women and children.
Sheikh was arrested many times under the NDPS act but after a brief span of three to four months in jail, he gets bail.
“Elahi Sheikh used to run his drug business even while remaining in jail through his trusted henchmen. Later his trusted henchmen became the drug supplier in Dibrugarh,” a source added.
“Dibrugarh has an old history of the drug trade. Earlier, Cannabis and Opium were largely used by the people but lately, heroin and brown sugar came into the drug market which has doubled demand in the illegal market. Many drug peddlers from Arunachal Pradesh also come to Dibrugarh to procure drugs. Brown sugar and heroin were largely brought to Dibrugarh from Buxar district of Bihar through trains. Dibrugarh is well connected with railway network and the smugglers dealing with drugs takes the advantage,” said a source.
Once during a police investigation, it came to light that the drug mafia uses the pantry car of trains for drugs transit.
“Our crackdown against drugs will continue and we have already located the places and started our ops. So far, we have arrested many drug peddlers and registered cases against them. We also need public cooperation to make the society drug-free.” said Additional SP (HQ) Bitul Chetia.