Amtali (Tripura), July 25 : The Tripura Police in an anti-narcotic drive seized thousands of bottles of contraband cough syrup near Amtali being smuggled to Bangladesh.
Sub-Inspector of Police Mihir Roy said, "Based on secret information, we intercepted two lorries from Patna loaded with banned cough syrup bottles which were entering Bangladesh through Bishalghar. We laid a trap and were successful in seizing the consignment worth more than Rs 30 lakh."
Both the trucks coming from Bihar entered Tripura through Assam. The trucks seemed to be loaded with onion but under the sacks of onion were hundreds of cartons of Phensedyl, a cough syrup which is used as a substitute for liquor.
Arrested truck driver Hardev Rai informed that he was bringing the consignment from Patna and was unaware of any contraband.
Dhaka has been charging New Delhi that it is intentionally overlooking the smuggling of Phensedyl to Bangladesh.
India has been making efforts to prevent the smuggling of contraband and the present catch is one of the biggest in the recent times. Phensedyl is a very lucrative item as the price rises from 50 rupees in Tripura to around 200 rupees in Bangladesh. By Pinaki Das