Shimla Drug Bust: HRTC RM arrested for alleged drug trafficking in Govt. vehicle, 4.4 KG Mephedrone seized
SHIMLA- In a shocking drug bust in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, a team of police allegedly recovered 4.400 Kg. Chitta – (Mephedrone), a product of Cocaine being smuggled in the official vehicle of the Regional Manager, HRTC Solan. The RM was also present in the vehicle while on his way to Shimla from Solan when the police intercepted the vehicle (Bolero – HP-64A-0336) for checking. During the search, police recovered the said substance. The market value of the seized drug was estimated at about Rs. 30 lakh.
As per the Shimla Police, on the night of April 30, 2017, a team was on patrolling at Khbara Chowki near Shoghi. At about 12:45 AM, said government vehicle was stopped for checking. The vehicle was carrying four persons excluding the driver namely Mahender Singh, 51, (Dharamshala), Regional Manger in HRTC, Solan, Vikas, 31 (Dharamshala) Rajiv, 30 (Kangra), and Gyasudeen, 30 (J&K). A case has been registered against the said people under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985.
The police have suggested possibility of more arrests during investigation as it is suspects that the RM had been using the official vehicle for smuggling earlier too. For now, the seized drug consignment has been sent for laboratory testing and arrested people have been sent into four-day police custody by the court.
Initial investigation suggested that the drug consignment was brought to Himachal from Jammu & Kashmir. However, police nabbed the alleged smugglers before they could sell it.
The Transport Minister GS Bali, in a press statement, ordered suspension of the arrested RM. He also said that the same RM had been suspended earlier, too, following financial irregularities worth Rs. 35 lakh while he was posted in Dharamshala . The Minister also encouraged police to stop government vehicles for checking without any hesitation as drug paddlers have been previously found using government vehicles and public transport for smuggling.
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