Opium seized from MLA L Jayentakumar vehicle

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Imphal: A team of Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) seized around 34 kg of Opium (Kani) from a four wheeler vehicle registered under the name of Keishamthong Assembly Constituency MLA Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar Singh from Khurai Ningthoubung, Imphal East at around 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

Police said as a part of drive against trafficking of illicit drugs and other contraband items in connection with state Assembly election random frisking and checking has been conducted by teams of NAB under the supervision of NAB superintendent in different districts across the state.

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During the random exercise one four-wheeler (Toyota Fortuner) bearing registration number MN06-LA-3456 with flag post without escort was seen coming at Lamlai area in a suspicious manner from Ukhrul side. When the vehicle was signalled to stop by the NAB team,  the vehicle tried to escape.

The team managed to stop the vehicle at Khurai Ningthoubung, Imphal East. During verification on the spot the driver of the vehicle identified himself as Salam Khogen Singh, 36, son of S. Bobi Singh of Kongpal Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East.

A total of 34 packets (34 kg approximately) of suspected Opium (Kani) was in the vehicle. The vehicle was found registered in the name of Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar Singh son of L. Bhagyachandra Singh of Pishumthong Oinam Leikai, Imphal West.

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The driver, Khogen revealed that he is an inter-state drug trafficker and indulged in trafficking of illicit drugs several times earlier. He further stated that on Wednesday early morning he took the packets of Opium from one person of Molnom and Songphel hill range area and came towards Imphal to handover to another agent to be sent by his associate in Guwahati.

The Opium was seized by NAB personnel and Khogen was arrested at around 8.30 am of the same day.

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The vehicle along with the suspected Opium were seized from his possession. A case has been registered at NAB police station for further investigation.

Sources reported that the vehicle had been kept on mortgage before some months back of Phase I election however, the details of the vehicle was mentioned in affidavit of Langpoklakpam Jayentakumar Singh as movable asset.

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